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How to install traditional non woven wallpaper | Wallpaper 101

If you plan to undertake a home remodel project and you are looking to include some gorgeous prints in your interior with removable wallpaper and you are one of those people who wonder why traditional wallpaper is available at all and who even purchases it, if there's such a wonderful thing as self adhesive wallpaper, then this blog post is for you! We are here to get into details and break all the myths of the 'glue, mess and divorces...', so read on and see what traditional non woven wallpaper has to offer!
As most of us are visual learners, we've collaborated with Erin of SixthBloom to give you this step by step instructional wallpaper installation video. More detailed description of wallpaper installation listed below the video!

What you will need

  • Traditional removable wallpaper
  • Wallpaper paste/glue for non woven wallpapers
  • Paint roller
  • Seam roller
  • Level tool
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Squeegee with round edges
  • White cotton gloves
  • Sponge

Before you start

Remember that the key for a stunning results is clean, dry, smooth and structurally sound wall surface. Any mildew, grease or similar stains will only inhibit the performance of the wallpaper. Another thing to keep in mind for best results and easier removal is wallpaper primer
Also, remember to cure freshly painted walls for at least 3 weeks and only then hang the wallpaper. Even though it says on the paint bucket that it cures in a few days, the humidity and chemicals doesn't evaporate that quickly and can cause the wallpaper to peel at places.
Oh, and the best thing about the traditional non woven wallpaper? It is removable in full panels! Once you feel it is time for some change in your interior setting, peel the panels off and you're ready for the next beautiful wallpaper pattern! If wall has been prepped correctly, the wallpaper panels will come off in full strips leaving no residue behind.

Wallpapering steps

  • Find a level spot on your wall and draw a light level line
  • Roll wallpaper glue onto the section of the wall where you be applying first panel
  • Hang the wallpaper using cotton gloves
  • Cut off excess material on top and/or bottom of the wall with craft knife
  • Roll wallpaper glue onto the next section of the wall and hang second panel
  • Match wallpaper panels side by side, no overlapping needed
  • Make sure to push out any air bubbles, if there are any
  • Use a clean damp sponge to wipe off any excess glue, if needed
  • Roll the seams together with a seam roller
  • Continue and repeat  the steps until the wall is done!

Traditional wallpaper installation guide

First, unbox the wallpaper and lay out the panels to allow them to stretch for a while, it will ease the installation process as they won't want to curl up.
Before applying the wallpaper to the wall, verify which way the panels should go to make sure the pattern matches once the wallpaper is applied. Our wallpaper is designed to line up side by side - no overlaps or double cuts are needed.
Make sure to install the wallpaper from the level spot that you have found on your wall. Walls are hardly ever 100% straight and if you simply start to install wallpaper from the ceiling, it is possible that the panels will start to lean upwards or downwards and you don't want that at all!
Once you are ready to start the installation, make sure to roll the paste only on the section where the first one or two panels will go. If you put the paste on the whole wall, it will most likely dry out while you apply the first panels.
Slide the first panel into position, make sure it is straight and make sure no glue gets on design. If that happens, wipe it off immediately with a clean, damp sponge.
Use smoothing tool or your hands (with gloves on) and gently smooth the paper from top to bottom. Smooth the wallpaper from middle out to the sides and remove any air bubbles that may have formed. Avoid using any sharp or harsh squeegees or smoothing tools as it may damage the wallpaper!
Apply the next panel in the same manner and make sure to match the pattern. Butt the seams tightly together and once you have smoothed out the wallpaper panel, roll the seams together with a seam roller.
Once all the wall is completed, we suggest to avoid any drafts and temperature/humidity changes for the next 24 hours to ensure the wallpaper adheres properly. And voila, your brand new feature wall is complete! 
If you have any additional questions of our traditional wallpaper material or the installation process, don't hesitate to leave the comments in the comment section below!

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  • Hi, Josie,
    thank you for your comment! :)

    Adhesive for non-woven wallpapers is designed specifically for non-woven varieties. When using non-woven types, the adhesive is applied directly to the wall (rather than the wallpaper); this means that the glue needs to have good initial adhesion to ensure the dry strip of wallpaper sticks to the wall. Furthermore, the consistency of the glue is almost splatter-free.
    We recommend using Roman PRO line products for the best results.

    Please let us know if there are any other questions by reaching out to our Customer Service – info@livetteswallpaper.com!

    With kindest regards,

    Livette's Wallpaper on
  • What kind of glue do you recommend for this kind of wallpaper?

    Josie on
  • Hello, Karleigh!

    Thank you for your comment! Priming is recommended for best results and removal of the wallpaper, however the final decision is always up to each client. :)

    As for the level spot, it is a truly crucial step as the walls (and ceilings) are rarely perfectly even, which means if you would simply start to install the wallpaper at the ceiling, it could start to slope down (or up) thus leaving you with a gap at the top (or bottom) of the wall. Because of this reason we also recommend to size up when ordering wallpaper panels, to ensure you have enough material (vertically) to cover the whole wall area.

    Livette's Wallpaper on
  • Hello, Allison!

    Thank you for your feedback, we will keep this in mind! :)

    With kind regards,

    Livette's Wallpaper on
  • What if the walls are not newly painted? Do we still need to prime? If so, what’s the timeline for that? Also, I am already confused by the first step (lol). What do you mean by finding a level spot? Wouldn’t you start at the ceiling? Thanks in advance :)

    Karleigh on
  • Great video and steps. The wording in the video disappear too quickly. Thank you for creating.

    Allison on

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