Gluing Textured Wallcovering to Laminate

Updated February 21, 2017

Laminate is highly durable, easy to clean and lasts practically forever. However, over time the colour or patterns of the laminate can become faded or outdated. Remodel a laminate-covered wall by gluing textured wallcovering to the laminate. Before starting, though, you must properly prepare and prime laminate to ensure the glue will adhere. Then you can move on to gluing the wallcovering. Once completed, the laminate will be concealed, and the space will be transformed.

Sand the laminate with 180- to 220-grit sandpaper until you have fully dulled the lustre. Wear a dust mask while sanding to avoid inhalation of the sanding dust.

Wipe down the laminate with a tack cloth to remove any residual sanding dust. This is important for the glue to adhere.

Sterilise the laminate by wiping it down with a cloth dampened in white spirit.

Paint the laminate with a coat of bonding primer. Allow the primer to dry.

Measure the dimensions of the laminate wall and cut lengths of wallcovering with half-inch to 1-inch excess in width and length.

Place a torpedo level vertically on the wall where the first edge of the wallpaper will go. Draw a plumb line.

Paint the laminate with wallpaper sizing. This will help it stick.

Paint the back of the textured wallcovering with an even coat of wallpaper paste. Wait a few moments until the paste becomes tacky. You can fold the wallcovering in half with the glued sides together to help keep the glue from drying too fast.

Place the wallcovering on the wall, letting the top curl up slightly onto the ceiling. Make sure the edge is lined up with the plumb line and smooth down the wallcovering from the top down. Smooth down the wallcovering with your hands and by going over it with a damp sponge. Smooth down hard to reach corner areas with the blade of a putty knife. Trim any excess with a razor blade.


Wear a dust mask while sanding to avoid inhalation of the sanding dust.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper, 180- to 220-grit
  • Dust mask
  • Tack cloth
  • White spirit
  • Bonding primer
  • Paintbrushes and rollers
  • Wallpaper sizing
  • Torpedo level
  • Pencil
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Sponge
  • Putty knife
  • Razor blade
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Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.