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Step 7. Use a smoothing brush to remove any air bubbles from under the paper. Work from the center of the paper toward the edges in slow, firm strokes. But don’t bear down so hard that you distort or tear the paper.

 

Step 8. Trim the strip to length by first pressing a taping knife against the wall to create a crease. Then cut along the edge of the taping knife using a sharp utility knife. Use the same technique to cut the top of the paper against the ceiling.

Step 9. Hang the next strip on the wall, and make sure any pattern lines up properly. Keep in mind that the paste doesn’t set up immediately. You have time to manipulate the paper, either to push it against the first strip or adjust the seam.

 

Step 10. On pieces that overlap, use a sharp knife to cut through both strips at once. Discard the top piece; then lift the seam and pull out the other cut piece from underneath. Cutting both pieces like this creates a perfect seam.

 

Step 11. Roll the cut seams flat using a wallpaper roller. Use a damp sponge to wipe away any paste or adhesive from the surface. Also clean away any adhesive from the baseboard or the ceiling that may have rubbed off the paper.

 

Smart tip
PAPERING OUTSIDE CORNERS FOR WRAPPING OUTSIDE CORNERS, FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEDURE YOU USED FOR INSIDE CORNERS, BUT ADD ˝ INCH TO THE MEASUREMENT. PLACE THE PAPER IN POSITION, BUT BEFORE WRAPPING IT AROUND THE CORNER, MAKE SMALL SLITS IN THE WASTE PORTIONS OF THE PAPER NEAR THE CEILING AND THE BASEBOARD. THE CUTS WILL ALLOW YOU TO TURN THE CORNER WITHOUT WRINKLING OR TEARING THE PAPER. HANG THE REMAINDER OF THE CUT SHEET SO THAT IT OVERLAPS THE FIRST PORTION. IF THE CORNER IS OUT OF PLUMB, DRAW A NEW PLUMB LINE ON THE SECOND WALL OF THE CORNER, AND ALIGN THE STRIP WITH THAT FIRST.
 

PAPERING INSIDE CORNERS

 

1. Measure to the edge of the last full sheet into the corner at the top, middle, and bottom of the wall. Cut the paper 1/8 in. wider than the widest measurement.

 

 

2. Hang the cut piece, and smooth it into place using a wallpaper brush. This piece should turn the corner slightly.

 

 

3. Draw a plumb line on the second wall that matches the width of the waste piece left when the first sheet was cut Align this piece with the plumb line, and smooth it in place.

 

 

 

 

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