Our pre-pasted wallpaper is a durable and easy decor solution. Printed on high-quality paper, these PVC-free wall coverings are built to stand the test of time. Their pre-pasted adhesive technology requires no wallpaper glue and can be installed in a few simple steps. Unlike traditional wallpaper, ours can easily be removed once you’re ready to switch to a new style!
Step 1: Gather your tools
Before you begin beautifying your wall, make sure you have the following items handy:
- Wallpaper tray larger than 24 in
- Level & straightedge
- Sponge & bucket
- Clean cloth
- Measuring tape
- Sharp scissors
- Drop cloth
- Lead pencil
- Craft knife
- Step ladder (depending on the height of your wall)
*If you can, we recommend asking a friend for some assistance!
Step 2: Prep your wall
Wallpaper works best on dry, smooth and clean walls. Before you get started, make sure to fill in any holes and sand down bumps. Electrical coverings and pre-existing wallpaper should also be removed. If your wall happens to have an uneven texture, you’ll need to cover it with wallpaper liner. Wallpaper primer makes installation and removal easier, and is recommended, particularly if you require the use of a wallpaper liner. Lastly, clean the wall surface with a damp sponge or cloth to remove any remaining dust or plaster. Let dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Mark your starting point
All of our pre-pasted rolls are 24 inches wide. Starting from the corner of the wall, measure the width of the wallpaper minus one inch (to allow for trimming on the wall edge) and mark with a pencil. Using a level, draw a straight, vertical line from the mark against which you can line up the edge of the wallpaper.
Step 4: Wet your wallpaper
Loosely roll the first strip with the patterned side facing in. Completely submerge the rolled wallpaper in water. We recommend using a wallpaper tray. Let the wallpaper sit in the water for a minimum of 15 seconds to activate the adhesive. Remove the roll by gently pulling the outer edge out of the tray, glue-side up. Make sure to soak & book (see next step) each strip for the same amount of time as a varied exposure to water could make the product expand slightly, resulting in an uneven pattern.
Step 5: Book the wallpaper
"Book" the wallpaper by laying it on the floor glue-side up. Next, fold it against the glue side against itself (as pictured). Let sit for approximately 1 minute. Be careful not to crease the paper while folding it.
Step 6: Place the first strip
Unfold the top half of the wallpaper, leaving the bottom half of the wallpaper booked. Place the glue-exposed portion of the top of the wallpaper on the wall. Line up the strip with the previously drawn pencil line, allowing for an inch on both the top, bottom, and edge for trimming.
Step 7: Apply & smooth
Once you're happy with the initial positioning, unfold the wallpaper to expose the remaining glued surface. Using a damp sponge, smooth downward and outward. Flatten the strips using the sponge. Don’t worry about bubbles smaller than a quarter as they will disappear once the wallpaper sets.
Step 8: Apply the remaining strips
Align the next wallpaper strip, making sure to match the pattern pinpoints. Smooth out all air bubbles. Wipe with warm water and a sponge, removing all the paste from the surface. Rinse thoroughly a second time with clean warm water. Soak, book and repeat for the remaining strips!
Step 9: Trim the edges
Let the wallpaper dry and harden for a few minutes to avoid ripping or creasing the wallpaper. Using a straightedge and craft (or exacto) knife, carefully trim the edges. Change your blade frequently to ensure a sharp cut and minimize risks of tearing the paper. Careful, if your wall isn’t well prepped and primed, this step may cause a slight ripping of your paint.