How to Wallpaper a Ceiling Paint and Wallpaper Custom Bedding, Window Treatments, Blinds, Shutters

How to Wallpaper a Ceiling Paint and Wallpaper Custom Bedding, Window Treatments, Blinds, Shutters

How to Wallpaper a Ceiling

Add a Finishing Decorative Touch by Wallpapering your Ceiling

As I walked into a clients home, to start measuring for their custom window treatments, you might have thought I was walking into St Peters Basilica in Vatican City. My mouth opened And I said, «Wow». «Oh, excuse me». «I have decorated hundreds of homes over the years, but never have I seen such grand gesture as on your ceilings in a home.» » The work is absolutely beautiful!» She said thank you, in an apologizing voice, «I wish I knew who painted it. «The painted ceilings were the reason I bought the home.» The pressure was on; could I now give her the same «wow» effect on her sky lights in her sun room?

Flux painted ceilings can be not only hard to paint, but take hours. As a matter of fact, I would leave it to the experts. However; I recently paid a visit to my local wallpaper store and found you can have the same affect with marble wall paper and it is much easier.

Wallpapering your ceilings takes half the time of painting and once you get the hang of it, it is fairly easy. Read on and I will tell you how the experts explained how to do it.

It is always best to get everything you need before you start. Calculate how much wallpaper you will need. Length plus width will equal your total area. The wallpaper you choose will be labeled with the area it covers. Divide this into the total area to be covered to get the number of rolls you will need. You will also need to purchase your paste and tools. Newer wallpaper sticks just fine to walls without additional paste. If this seems too confusing, just ask for help at your local wallpaper store. You will just need to know the area of the ceiling you will be covering.

Most ceilings are either eight feet, or ten feet, so allow the platform you will be standing on to be high enough to reach the ceiling without bending or reaching too much. As a general rule, allow enough space so you have a full hand on the top of the ceiling without stretching or bending your body. Safety is important. Make sure your scaffolding is secure.

Clean your ceiling and remove lighting fixtures. Remove any loose paint, dust or plaster. Fill in cracks with putty. You might need to sandpaper parts of your ceiling if it shows an uneven finish.

You usually start hanging wallpaper parallel to the main light source, (window) towards the other end of the room. This will minimize any shadowing and you work away from the window. Measure the width of the wallpaper and subtract an inch. Work at the short end of the ceiling and measure the distance from the corner along the longer wall. Mark all measurements with a pencil. Moving along the short end of the ceiling, measure this distance from the opposite corner and mark this area. You can use a chalk line to connect the two points. Mark your starting point with a chalk line. If all if this seems confusing, again, just ask for help at your local wall paper store. The main thing you want to remember is to make sure the first wallpaper roll you hang is straight.

If you choose to cut your wallpaper before you hand it remember, before you cut you paper, measure your paper and remember to allow 3 to 4 inches for trimming on the end. You can cut wallpaper as you go, or cut before you hang. Cutting before you hang will save time. Remember to mark each length. This will save you time when trying to match the paper.

If paste is required, have it mixed and ready to use. Fold paper in 12 inch folds. Past ceiling that you will be covering with the one roll. Position the roll on the ceiling against the chalk line. Allow an overlap of around 3 inches on the starting end of the wall. With a wallpaper brush, smooth out to the edge making sure you have no air bubbles and follow the straight chalk line. This will be the most important roll you will hang. It is the foundation for the rest of your ceiling. Continue to release the next 12 inch fold walking along your scaffold and follow the same pattern of pasting, and brushing out air bubbles. When you reach the end of your ceiling, leave about two inches and trim. Continue this process until you finish the ceiling matching your patterns and allowing for shrinkage and trimming. When you reach the edges of the ceiling, it might require that you trim off any excess paper. As a finishing touch, when wallpaper is almost dry, take a roller and smooth the joins.

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