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Is it hard to hang wallpaper that is not prepasted?

Asked by Skaggfacemutt (9723 points ) March 12th, 2014

My daughter spent weeks picking out the most darling wallpaper for her bathroom. Just as she was ready to order it, she realized that it is not pre-pasted. I have only hung prepasted wallpaper before, and that was a long time ago, so I am a little nervous. If you have any experience with wallpaper in general, and especially the kind you have to paste yourself, would you please give me some helpful tips. Thank you!

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johnpowell's avatar

It is actually pretty hard. Hard enough that I refuse to ever do it again. I hope you ordered more than you needed and are willing to practice for a while.

Cruiser's avatar

I have done both and don’t think it is any harder and you don’t have to wait for the pre-paste to “book” and wet out.

This site has some good info on your question.

hominid's avatar

I spent a couple of summers in high school helping father hang wallpaper. It’s not any harder, although I find both to be torture.
Note: Just a heads up. At least around here (in MA), putting wallpaper up will actually reduce your home value. It’s very rare to find any wallpaper left here. Even in houses that need a ton of work, the sellers will go in an rip the wallpaper out just to be able to list it.

filmfann's avatar

My wife was very frustrated by it, but she did it. It looked good when she finished, but it was a pain to place.

Skaggfacemutt's avatar

Sounds a little intimidating. Luckily, she is only doing the back wall of the little alcove that the clawfoot tub sits in. Her house is over a hundred years old, so she is decorating it old-fashioned on purpose. I appreciate all the advice. Thank you!

JLeslie's avatar

There is temporary wallpaper now. You might want to look at it before you commit. It easily peals on and off and has a lot of funky patterns. Perfect for young children and college dorms.

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