Hanging Borders

Like any wallpapering project, you're most likely to be successful if the surfaces are clean and smooth. If you're installing a wallpaper border over an existing paper, you'll get the best results using a vinyl-to-vinyl adhesive.





Step 1: Prime surface area

Prime surface area Using the width of your border as a guide, prime the wall or surface area where you plan to install your border. Plan your starting point so that if there is a mismatched seam, it'll fall in an inconspicuous place. If you're going to be hanging a border as a chair rail, use a level, and draw a light pencil line around the room at the right height.

Step 2: Begin hanging at one corner

Start hanging border at one corner You'll begin hanging your first strip at a corner, overlapping the border onto the adjacent wall about ¼-inch. Have a helper hold the border while you hang it and smooth it with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Deal with the seam

Deal with the seam Sometimes, you can't help it, and your seams fall in the middle of walls. If that happens, overlap the border strips so that the patterns match, then cut through both layers with a utility knife. Remove the cut ends, and then press the border flat with the smoothing brush.

Step 4: Overlap border onto wallpaper

Overlap with wallpaper To make your border flush with the surrounding wallpaper, first overlap the border onto the wallpaper. Use a straightedge and razor knife to cut through the underlying wallpaper along the border's edge.

Step 5: Cut wallpaper as necessary

Cut wallpaper as necessary Pull up the border, and remove the cut wallpaper. Press the border flat with your hand, and finish it with a smoothing brush.