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Hanging Borders

Project Overview

Hanging Borders

Like any wallpapering project, you're most likely to be successful if the surfaces are clean and smooth. If you're installing a wallpaper border over an existing paper, you'll get the best results using a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive.

5 Steps

  1. Prime the Wall or Surface Area
  2. Hanging the First Strip
  3. Seams that Fall in Middle of Wall
  4. Flush Border with Surrounding Wallpaper
  5. Finishing the Border
Prime the Wall or Surface Area

Step 1

Prime the Wall or Surface Area

Using the width of your border as a guide, prime the wall or surface area where you plan to install your border. Plan your starting point so that if there is a mismatched seam, it'll fall in an inconspicuous place. If you're going to be hanging a border as a chair rail, use a level and draw a light pencil line around the room at the right height.

Hanging the First Strip

Step 2

Hanging the First Strip

You'll begin hanging your first strip at a corner, and overlap the border onto the adjacent wall about 1/4 inch. Have a helper hold the border while you hang it and smooth it with the smoothing brush.

Seams that Fall in Middle of Wall

Step 3

Seams that Fall in Middle of Wall

Sometimes, you can't help it and your seams fall in the middle of walls. If that happens, overlap the border strips so that the patterns match, then cut through both layers with a utility knife. Remove the cut ends, then press the border flat with the smoothing brush.

Flush Border with Surrounding Wallpaper

Step 4

Flush Border with Surrounding Wallpaper

To make your border flush with the surrounding wallpaper, first overlap the border onto the wallpaper. Use a straightedge and razor knife to cut through the underlying wallpaper along the border's edge.

Finishing the Border

Step 5

Finishing the Border

Pull up the border and remove the cut wallpaper. Press the border flat with your hand and finish it with a smoothing brush.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

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