The ceiling is sometimes referred to as the ‘fifth wall’ of the room, and is often overlooked in interior design. Wallpapered ceilingsare one of the hottest trends in interior design for 2010, and the look is absolutely gorgeous. If you have a smooth surface ceiling, you can apply wallpaper and have a beautifully designed ceiling like no other. In this article, we will discuss how to wallpaper a ceiling and provide insider tips for installation – including how to get the wallpaper to stick properly the first time.
Wallpaper comes in a variety of styles, textures and patterns which can literally set the tone for the room. When you wallpaper ceilings, you can create any atmosphere you desire. Select a faux wood grain wallpaper to give the room a rustic feel, or a paintable textured wallpaper to give the illusion of stamped ceiling. Be bold with a damask print, or one an all-over floral design for an English Cottage theme. The possibilities are endless when you wallpaper a ceiling! (To see a collection of wallpaper ceiling photos, view the ones on Google Images found HERE)
Before you wallpaper a ceiling, you’ll want to take measurements to find out how much wallpaper you will need. To do this, simply calculate the total square feet and purchase the wallpaper accordingly. If your wallpaper has a pattern repeat, be sure to allot for it.
Materials needed to wallpaper a ceiling:
– Wallpaper paste & paste brush
– Retractable blade (X-Acto knife)
– Large putty knife
– Water tray
– Someone to help you
The night before you wallpaper a ceiling you will want to:
– Remove any light fixtures, hooks, nails, etc.
– Putty in any holes
– Apply a layer of wallpaper paste over the entire ceiling and allow to dry overnight
Insider tip – By applying wallpaper paste and allowing it to dry, it helps to draw out the wet adhesive from the wallpaper you will be hanging. This will strengthen the tack adhesive by 50%, ensuring that the wallpaper will hold tight to the surface and not fall down later.
How to wallpaper a ceiling:
STEP 1 – Locate the center of the ceiling. Mark the point with chalk and lightly dust off any excess.
STEP 2 – Prepare the wallpaper. Consult the package directions and prepare the wallpaper accordingly. If the wallpaper is pre-pasted, you will need to wet and ‘book’ it using a water tray. If it isn’t pre-pasted, you will need to apply paste.
STEP 3 – Hang the first strip. When you wallpaper a ceiling, you ALWAYS start in the middle. Locate the chalk mark you drew earlier and begin hanging there. Anytime you install wallpapered ceilings, you should work along the shortest distance. Thus, if a room is 10′ X 12x in size, you will want to install the wallpaper in 10′ lengths.
INSIDER TIP – YOU WILL NEED A HELPER! It doesn’t matter how talented you are, you cannot wallpaper a ceiling without assistance. If you try it, you’ll likely end up with a face full of wet wallpaper! Two people will work together as a team and make it much easier to wallpaper a ceiling. One person will hold the wallpaper while the other positions it and smoothes out any creases or air bubbles.
STEP 4 – Don’t cut off all the excess. When you have your first strip of wallpaper hung, you’ll have excess wallpaper that won’t fit on the wall. DO NOT CUT ALL OF THIS OFF! Instead, leave about 2″ of excess remaining so that you can get a smooth cut later. Hang the remaining wallpaper strips until the work is complete.
STEP 5 – Trim the excess. After all the wallpaper is hung, you can go back and trim off all the excess edges. To do this, use a putty knife to butt the wallpaper against the wall and trim smoothly using an X-Acto knife. By waiting until the excess wallpaper has dried a bit, it will cut smoother and not rip as easily.
STEP 6 – Wipe down the wallpapered ceiling. Use a clean damp sponge to wipe off the surface. Wallpaper glue will eat away at the print if it is not thoroughly removed.
Now, sit back and relax and enjoy the beauty of your new wallpapered ceiling!
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Associated Content – Jennifer Wagner