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How to Install Spoonflower Water-Activated Wallpaper


BEFORE YOU START

Read these instructions

Spoonflower wallpaper is designed to repeat beautifully when installed as described. Please read through all the instructions before you start.

Get a friend

Hanging wallpaper is a two-person job!

Set aside some time

You’ll get the best result by hanging all of the wallpaper intended for a single wall or installation area at the same time. This is because panels may shrink slightly as they dry, making matching seams difficult if one strip has dried before the next strip is applied.

Collect your materials

You’ll need painter’s tape, a sponge, a wallpaper tub or trough full of water, and a sharp utility knife. It’s a good idea to lay a drop cloth on the floor to catch dripping water.

Examine your paper

First, make sure your wallpaper is undamaged and free of creases and blemishes. Line up each strip so that it faces the same way. The top of the strip has no white space, and the bottom has a narrow strip of white that says “BOTTOM” and includes your order number. Do not trim any part of the paper before hanging.

GETTING READY

Prepare your wall

The wall or surface to which you are applying wallpaper should be clean and free of dust. Patch any damaged areas of the wall, especially where sharp edges might pierce or tear the wallpaper. For best results, apply wallpaper to a surface that is a solid, light color.

Wet and book the paper

Saturate the paper with water by dipping it into the trough or rolling it with a wet roller. Once it’s wet, gently fold the pasted side in on itself by folding the top and bottom of each piece to meet in the middle, taking care not to crease the paper (FIGURE A). Set the paper aside for 3-5 minutes to rest and activate the adhesive.
 

START HANGING

Choose a starting point

If you’re applying multiple strips of wallpaper, hang it from LEFT to RIGHT to ensure a smooth repeat of the design across the wall. Start with the upper left corner of the room, wall, or other surface you’re wallpapering.

Apply the first strip

Pick up the first strip and unfold just the top half of the ‘book’, leaving the edge labeled “BOTTOM” still booked. This will make the wallpaper easier to handle as you apply it to the wall (FIGURE B).


Align the top of the wallpaper with the ceiling, making sure the edge is straight and even on the wall. Ask your friend to step back and check that the strip is straight and level. If the wallpaper is slippery, you can use a strip of painter’s tape to secure it. Once the paper is in position, unfold the bottom half of the strip and smooth downward with a damp sponge. Take care to remove large air bubbles; smaller bubbles will dissipate as the wallpaper dries.

Keep going!

Pick up your second strip of wallpaper and apply it so that its left side overlaps the right side of the previous strip by ¾ inch, carefully visually matching the repeat. Do not trim the overlap; it guarantees that the wallpaper will repeat seamlessly. (FIGURE C) Repeat this step, moving from left to right and aligning each new strip over the strip to its left.


Finishing up

Let your wallpaper dry completely--this usually takes about 3 hours--before using a sharp utility knife to trim the extra paper at the bottom of the wall and any excess paper on the right edge of your installation area. Wipe the walls with a damp sponge to remove excess adhesive. Now, stand back and admire your work!

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