Tips & Advice
Can hanging wall covering be done as a DIY project?
Not only can hanging wallpaper be a DIY project, it is one of the most popular DIY projects. With the advancements in the ease of hanging wallpaper, it doesn’t have to be the arduous chore it used to be. Some papers require a minimum of preparation to hang, making it a fun and quick DIY project.
What is removable wallpaper?
Removable wallpaper is designed for temporary use, particularly in rentals or apartments or studios needing to change looks frequently. It’s an ideal option for dorm rooms, too. You simply stick the wallpaper on the wall, and then peel it off when you need to. Removable wallpaper is a fantastic option for people that change their mind a lot--like kids.
Can small tears in wallpaper be repaired?
Under the right circumstances, small tears in wallpaper can be fixed. You will need to find matching wallpaper, so always save any remnants when hanging wallpaper. If it is patterned, this will make it more challenging as you will need to cut pieces that match the tear. Then prepare the piece and simply replace it over the vacated area. This can be challenging for wall paper with heavy patterns or multiple colors, but it can be a fun DIY challenge.
To remove wallpaper there are several techniques to use. First, spray the paper with water or a wallpaper-remover solution and let it sit for a few minutes to penetrate the glue. If you have a scoring tool you can use it first as it will create holes in the paper, then the water or solution can seep behind the wall paper to help loosen it. Once the paper has soaked, try peeling it off. If you have difficulty, use more water or solution until the paper peels off easier. Most likely there will be glue residue left over that you will need to scrape off. If hanging new paper, properly prepare the wall surface prior.
Can wallpaper be hanged over existing wallpaper?
Yes, you can absolutely hang new wallpaper over existing wallpaper. However, if the existing paper is textured, cracked or damaged, hanging new paper over it can be problematic as those features can be seen in the new paper. Be aware of severe color changes as the old color can bleed through. Hanging new paper over existing paper is very common and makes the process easier. It’s also a very easy DIY project.
Glass cloth is a term used for hand-woven natural wall coverings, usually made of textured patterns with a vertical design. Grass cloth wall coverings can be made from a variety of natural materials, including sisal, hemp burlap, arrowroot, paper weave, and reed and triangle grasses. Once popular in the 1960s and 1970s, grass cloth wall coverings are surging in popularity. Unlike machine printed wallpapers, grass cloths designs are unique and can contain naturally occurring flaws. Since they are made of natural materials, they can be considered organic or environmentally friendly. Just don’t get them wet.
What is peel-and-stick wallpaper?
Just as the title suggests, peel and stick wallpaper has a removable backing that, when removed, has an adhesive that allows the wallpaper to be easily affixed to any surface (normally a wall). Peel-and-stick wallpaper has an added appeal in that it can be removed and repositioned or reapplied elsewhere. It is a very easy and modern way to dress up your walls or other applicable surfaces. It is a convenient alternative in temporary living situations like dorms, or for people who change their mind a lot.
What are the types of wall coverings?
There are 10 basic types of wall coverings: wallpaper, paint, wood paneling, fabric, glass, metal, stainless steel, mirror, ceramic, and cork. Each is unique in cost, style, appearance, and construction.