Before beginning the job of wallpapering, it’s critically important to prepare both the room and the walls. Wallpapering can be a messy job, so it’s important to prepare and protect the room beforehand. In addition, because wallpapering requires precise work and a steady pace, you will want to have all the necessary tools and supplies ready. The walls must be flat, smooth, and able to accept wallpaper to ensure a successful result.
Preparing the Room
Start by taking all lightweight objects and furniture out of the room. Drape drop cloths over anything remaining and then lay drop cloths on the floor. To catch water that drips down the walls, lay towels over the baseboards. Do not use newspapers as protection anywhere because the ink can transfer onto other surfaces if they get wet.
Next, take down everything that is on the walls, including rods for window coverings. It helps to remove all electrical face plates and lighting fixtures, but don’t do this without first turning off the power to those circuits and/or protecting against the possibility of touching live wires.
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