DIY Installation is totally doable with artmurale wallpaper products. We offer a permanent wallpaper aesthetic without the commitment. Our peel and stick wallpapers allow you to change your mind. The permanent can be temporary or the temporary can be around much longer. Ready to get started? We can’t wait to see how you elevate your space!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Measuring tape
- Steel or straight edge ruler
- Razor knife
- Plastic smoother
- Helper (highly recommended)
- Sandpaper + Spackle (Optional)
Prepare your surface
We all want to start off on the right foot! Before you get going on your DIY wallpaper projects, let’s make sure you are starting with a clean, smooth wall. It’s important to keep in mind that any dents, dings, leftover wall hanging hook holes, small cracks, will show up even when wallpaper is applied.
Ensure electrical outlets are off, light switch covers are removed, wall fixtures are taken down, and be sure to take out any nails or screws. We encourage you to sandpaper or spackle any wall blemishes or imperfections prior to installation.
Starting with a smooth wall will not only ensure a perfect finish for your wallpaper, but will also make the final product look totally profesh! (No Pinterest fails here!)
Make your mark
This step is small, but oh-so important! Make sure to check your entire wallpaper carefully before you begin installation.
Unroll the wallpaper and separate the panels. Measure the width of the rolls, you’ll need to keep that number in mind when you’re measuring placement for your first panel.
Start on the left side of your wall and measure out the width of your wallpaper (remember that number we just talked about?) Using a pencil and your straight edge ruler, make a level, vertical line. This is your guide for your very first panel of wallpaper – Make sure it’s level and straight!
Measure twice, cut once
Now, lay out the panels on your floor and arrange in hanging order (left to right). Make sure to make any overlap with a pencil. Make the installation process easier and more efficient for yourself by pre-cutting your strips to wall height (leaving an extra inch or two (3 to 5 cm) for trimming) and making sure any design from panel-to-panel lines up before cutting! *Don’t forget to align your design from panel to panel prior to cutting and hanging!
Prepare the panel and start peeling, and paneling
Now it’s time to begin – turn over the first panel and peel about 12’’ (30 cm) backing away. Apply the paper to the top of your wall and lightly press the edge to the wall along the mark. Working from top to bottom, evenly press the paper to your wall. Use a plastic smoother, working back and forth to push out any air bubbles, slowly work your way down. * Be careful not to pull or stretch the material or the pattern will not align. Our wallpaper is removable and temporarily repositionable. If you find your first panel is not straight or positioned incorrectly, you will have a small window to correct it without losing the panel.
Stand back, take a sip of coffee and admire your beautiful DIY artmurale wallpapered surface.
- If your wall needs to be washed with cleaning products, wash 24 hours before the installation. Wallpaper can be washed with warm water, a mild soap, and wiping with a cotton cloth or a soft sponge. Never use abrasive materials on any wallpaper. Avoid using cleaning products as they may damage the printed material.
- Important note: if your wall has just been repainted, allow the paint to fully dry for 4 weeks before the wallpaper installation.
- A little help can go a long way. Wallpaper installation is much easier as a two (wo)man job. When placing a new panel on the wall, one person can stand at the top to place the first 12’’ section, while the other person can align the lower section of the panel, making for a perfect fit each time.
- Patience is a virtue, right? Take your time with installing your wallpaper and don’t cut corners. Use slow, smooth motions when adhering your wallpaper to your wall. See some air bubbles under your panel? Iron them out by using your smoother to gently move the bubble towards the edge of the section.
- When it comes to windows and doors, gently push the wallpaper to the edge of the frame and mark where you’ll need to cut. Use scissors to cut the wallpaper close to the size and shape of the frame and then once you’re ready, use your razor to cut the edge perfectly and make sure these edges are pressed firmly into the frame corner.
Calculating how much wallpaper you will need is easy, just follow these simple steps and you are on your way!
HELPFUL INFO BEFORE YOU START:
1 foot = 12 inches.
Roll width = 26.5 inches.
Measure the length of your wall. When ordering the wallpaper, make sure the length you choose is at least the length of your wall.
Measure the width of your wall. Divide your wall’s width by 26.5 inches.
Example: If your wall’s width is 10 feet, this is 120 inches. Divide your wall width by 26.5 inches.
120 inches / 26.5 inches = 4.5