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How to Hang Anaglypta Wallpaper

Updated July 20, 2017

Anaglypta is paper-based paintable white wallpaper with raised designs. Anaglypta is commonly seen on ceilings and used to imitate stone or disguise damaged walls. Unlike traditional wallpaper, you cannot apply water to the back and then hang it on the wall. Anaglypta is thick and heavy which requires strong adhesive and a two-day drying period. Due to the thickness and weight it's slightly more challenging to hang then traditional wallpaper.

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  1. Measure out from the corner and mark the wall the width of the paper minus a 1/2 inch. Place a level at the mark and draw a vertical line (plumb line). This is a guide where your first two strips meet.

  2. Unroll the wallpaper and hold it against the wall. Determine where you want the pattern to fall and mark the spot with a pencil.

  3. Cut the wallpaper into strips. Leave 2 extra inches at the top and bottom for pattern matching. It will later be trimmed. Use the first cut strip as a guide.

  4. Place the strips pattern down on a large table.

  5. Apply an even coat of clay based paste with a paint roller.

  6. Fold the paper into thirds so the glued sides touch (top half to middle and bottom to middle). This is called "booking."

  7. Let the paper set for 5 minutes.

  8. Unbook the top half of the strip and place the marked spot at the top of the wall. Adjust the paper so it aligns up with the plumb line.

  9. Smooth the edges of the paper with a moist sponge.

  10. Brush lightly from the centre of the strip to the edges. Remove any wrinkles or air bubbles.

  11. Unfold the strip's lower half and smooth the edges of the paper with a moist sponge.

  12. Brush lightly from the centre of the strip to the edges. Remove any wrinkles or air bubbles.

  13. Trim excess paper with a razor. Guide the blade with a putty knife or wall scraper to stop tearing.

  14. Hang the rest of the strips, align the pattern and seams with no overlaps.

  15. Wipe any excess adhesive off the paper with a wet sponge.

  16. Allow the wallpaper to dry for 48 hours before applying paint.

  17. Tip

    When applying paper to windows and doors, allow the leading edge of the strip to overlap the trim.


    Anaglypta wallpaper is fragile.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Razor knife
  • Work table
  • Clay-based paste
  • Sponge
  • Large wallpaper brush

About the Author

Mark Ritchie has been writing since 2005. His articles appear on Web sites including eHow. Ritchie has a Bachelor of Science in information systems from Kean University.

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