How to Hang Paintable Vinyl Wall Paper

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How to Hang Paintable Vinyl Wall Paper
Vinyl wallpaper provides a textured surface to paint over. (wallpaper texture image by Tolbxela from

Vinyl paintable wallpaper provides an inexpensive substitute to wall re-texturing in a home. The wall paper is applied the same way as normal wallpaper and then painted once it dries. When working with vinyl wallpaper, handle the paper with care because you could depress, bend or crack the embossed pattern.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Laser leveller
  • Pencil
  • Large table
  • Scissors
  • Wallpaper trays
  • Wallpaper smoothing brush
  • Seam roller

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  1. 1

    Measure the wall and mark a straight plumb line using a laser leveller and a pencil to guide your hanging. Always start with a perfectly straight plumb line.

  2. 2

    Lay the wallpaper onto the large table and measure and cut your first piece.

  3. 3

    Lay the piece into a wallpaper tray filled with water. Once the paper is completely immersed, remove it and fold the piece together lengthwise. This process is referred to as booking and it will prevent the paper from forming bubbles later. Leave the paper together for five minutes.

  4. 4

    Open the wallpaper and inspect it for dry patches. Add water to any dry patches.

  5. 5

    Hang the paper onto the wall from top to bottom.

  6. 6

    Rub over the paper with a wall paper smoothing brush, working in a fan-like motion. This will remove bubbles and help the paper fuse to the wall.

  7. 7

    Roll over the edges with a seam roller to better bind them to the wall. Press gently so that you do not depress the wallpaper's texture.

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