you are getting ready for your first wallpaper project, you may need
- use to remove mildew from walls before papering. Use 1 cup of bleach
in 1 gallon of water and allow to dry.
-Box-Cutting Knife/fresh blades - for trimming edges of wallpaper at
baseboards and ceiling, and around trim and other protruding obstacles.
-Bucket - for the bleach/water solution.
-Drop cloth - to cover everything, because the pasting process can be
-Level - to make sure the plumb line is, well, plumb.
-Metal Straightedge - to make accurate measurements before marking the
plumb line. Always check and re-check your measurements before beginning
a wallpaper project.
-Paint Roller - for the paste. In some newer processes, the paste is
applied to the wall.
-Paste - if you have not purchased wallpaper that is "pre-pasted."
-Pencil - for marking the measurements you have made with the straightedge.
You'll also need a pencil for marking on the wallpaper for cutting.
-Plumb-line - for making a straight mark from ceiling to floor to align
wallpaper strips. A weighted string is rolled out and then tapped to
leave a chalk mark on the wall. Best used in conjunction with a level.
-Pre-Paste Activator - built-in adhesive creates better bond and slows
down tackiness for easier placement. It also eliminates the need for
a water tray and the mess that goes with it. Apply directly to dry,
pre-pasted wallpaper and the paste is activated.
-Primer/Sealer - this product keeps the glue from leaching in drywall
and causing mildew and lifting problems.
-Pushpins - these may be helpful to attach a plumb line at ceiling line.
-Putty Knife - use to apply spackling compound in rough spots, holes,
-Sandpaper - use if the base walls have any raised rough spots or residual
glue. If the paint or base coat on the wall has a sheen, it should be
roughened up and then sized.
-Scissors - use to cut wallpaper strips.
-Scraper - to remove dried-on glue from previous wallpaper job.
-Screwdriver - for removing electrical outlet and light switch plates.
Be sure to turn off electricity first.
-Seam Roller - needed for most wallpapers to lightly press wallpaper
-Sizing - also known as vinyl wall sizing. Used to help wallpaper bond
-Smoothing Brush - for brushing the top of the wallpaper just after
it is applied to the wall. This removes air bubbles, but should not
remove excess paste.
-Spackle - needed if the original walls have any holes or cracks.
-Sponge - needed to remove excess paste from trim and baseboards. Change
water frequently, if using a bucket.
-Step Ladder - for starting at ceiling with wallpaper strips.
-Table - use the largest table you have and protect it with a dropcloth.
You will need this for unpasted paper, especially, so you can brush
the paste onto the back side. If you don't mind bending over - a lot
- then you can do all this on the floor.
-Tape Measure - can use in place of straightedge.
-Tray - you will need this for pre-pasted wallpapers, so it should be
an appropriate size to fill with water and hold each strip.