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Recommended Decorating Tools

30.10.14 | Darryl Husler

Recommended Decorating Tools

The image below gives a sample of the main type of equipment needed if you feel brave enough to attempt hanging wallpaper yourself.  The job is not actually that difficult, but with careful planning, (which does include having the right materials) you can make your life a whole lot easier. Some extra items can also be used which are not shown below and these will be discussed in due course.

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Prior to wallpapering some of the wall surfaces may need ‘touching up’ and to be prepared ready for papering. This may involve removing old wallpaper to which a steamer or scraper could be used. Walls may need touching up with filler then sanded down to ensure a smooth texture.

When it comes to the wallpapering job itself, a pasting table is a necessary tool. This allows the wallpaper to lay flat, free from any creases or rips developing. A measuring tape would then be needed to determine the length of the required piece to hang. A spirit level is needed for use on the wall to check all lines are running flush/straight, so when the paper is hung it is not running at any angles. Once this has been done some kind of long and wide metal ruler (similar to the steel ruler found in the picture) can be used to rip the piece of paper to detach it from the main roll. [Scissors can be used at this point though are not normally because the ripping method by the ruler gives a neater piece of wallpaper.]

A brush, bucket and wallpaper paste are the next tools needed. There are different brands of paste and each has their own instructions on the paste to water ratio needed, which can also differ according to the thickness of the wallpaper. Bear this in mind before proceeding. The bucket is then used to mix the paste and water and some kind of stick (perhaps wooden) would be used to stir the paste as a good mixing of the ingredients is needed before the paste is allowed to set and thicken up for a minute or two. The brush would then be dipped into the paste and applied to the reverse of the wallpaper. At this point it is important to get the right amount of paste and also take care that all parts of the wallpaper are pasted – including corners and edges which need extra attention. To achieve both of these things, a pasting brush (which is bigger and wider than a standard paintbrush) is normally the most effective tool. Assuming that at some point the walls will be higher than the person hanging them, ladders or steps will be needed to reach the high areas. Sometimes a form of platform trestle is often easier because they do not require the wall to prop them up and have a larger freestanding space that many steps do not.

Once the wallpaper is safely hung, the wallpaper brush or roller is used for smoothing the wallpaper to the wall and taking out any potential creases that may have occurred. Most people over- measure the wallpaper because it is better to cut it longer than shorter, so it is likely you will have surplus pieces at the top / bottom. A pencil would then be used to score a neat line against the edge of the ceiling, skirting board etc, then the excess paper would be cut off with the Scissors leaving the main piece to be brushed over again, including at the cut edges. Sometimes there may be obstacles on the wall (such as light switches, ceiling roses etc) which may be to awkward for scissors to cut. A crafting knife could then be used.  The paper should then be neatly and safely on the wall.

Finally it is likely that there will be paste all over the equipment used, including the paste table. A cloth and sponge are normally used to wipe all equipment which preserves it for use in the next project.