How to Wallpaper a Ceiling We Say How

How to Wallpaper a Ceiling We Say How

How to Wallpaper a Ceiling

06/29/2011. Charles Salmon. Comment closed

Wallpapering a ceiling is not as difficult as it may appear. The techniques used are the same as for walls and there are few obstacles or awkward angles to deal with. Although the job will be easier with two people, it is possible to achieve good results on your own. Adequate access equipment, however, is essential and will make the job very much easier.

Access equipment

Before tackling this job, it is important to consider how you plan to reach the ceiling safely. Access equipment will be needed that allows you to hang a full length across the room. Scaffold boards supported at either end by sturdy stepladders or trestles will create a flat, level walkway spanning the full width of the room, and can be adjusted to a working height to suit you. Use two boards tied together for a distance of more than 1.5m and provide support in the centre.

Papering sequences

Plan the papering sequence so that a paper that has a definite pattern is centralized across the room. A sloping ceiling can be papered either to match the ceiling or the walls, but do not attempt to hang a single length down the sloping surface on to the wall below. Treat the wide angle between the two surfaces as an internal corner.

Hanging the first length

Assemble your work platform across the main window of the room. Ceiling; should be papered by hanging lengths across the room parallel to the window working away from the light so that yoi are not in your own shadow and daylight will not emphasize the joins between lengths.

To mark a guideline for the first length, measure one roll width less 25mm (lin) out from each corner and drive in a nail at each point. Tie a taut chalked length of string between the nails, then snap the string against the ceiling to create a guide for the first length. If hanging paper on a white ceiling. make sure you use coloured chalk to coat the string.

Cut the first strip of paper to length, allowing an extra 100mm (4in) for trimming, then paste and fold it concertina-style. Place one end so that about half of the trimming allowance laps on to the wall and the edge of the paper is aligned with the chalk line, then brush it firmly into place.

If you are papering around a bay window or alcove, make diagonal release cuts at the external corners to allow the paper to lay flat. Brush the paper into the side wall of the recess and trim the edges to fit along the edge of the ceiling.

Once the first length of wallpaper is in position, crease and trim the long edge into the angle between the wall and ceiling first, followed by each end, using normal wallpapering techniques. Continue hanging lengths of paper across the ceiling, trimming their ends where they meet the walls. Finally, cut the last length roughly to the width required, making sure you allow 25mm (1 in) for trimming along the edge of the paper. Hang and trim it in the same manner as the first length.

How to Wallpaper a Ceiling We Say How

Measure out from each corner to a distance equal to the width of a roll and mark the positions with nails.

Tie a chalked length of string between the nails, making sure it is taut. Snap it against the ceiling to leave a chalk guideline.

Hang the first length against the chalk line, brushing it into place as you go. If possible, have someone else support the folded paper.

Use the bristles of a paperhangers brush to ease the paper into the angle between the wall and ceiling.

Use the back of the scissors blade to crease the paper. Then pull it back from the ceiling and trim along the long edge. Brush the cut edge back into place firmly. Treat each end of the length in the same manner.

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