replacing wallpaper

Replacing Wallpaper

Replacing your wallpaper is a great way to give any room a brand new look and feel without breaking the bank. If you are doing just a wall or two, it can be an easy job, and we are going to share some how-to tips here for the do-it-yourselfers. Just keep in mind that if you are going to tackle larger spaces, you can always call us here at Ascension General Contractors for assistance. We are a full-service repair company, and we have all the skills needed to get your home improvement projects completed quickly and efficiently.

Tips for replacing wallpaper:


Know Your Walls

It’s important to know what kind of walls you have before you begin. The age of the wall usually determines whether it’s drywall or plaster. Plaster is found in houses that are more than 50 years old, while drywall has been used in recent years. Drywall is more delicate than plaster, so you have to be more careful in its handling. 


Prep Your Walls

Take everything down. Remove or cover furniture, and cover your baseboards. Make sure you set aside a full day to remove the existing wallpaper. 


Remove Your Wallpaper

Newer paper will come off easily by stripping or peeling, while older versions may have to be chipped off. You will need to soften the wallpaper with water in many cases for easier removal. You may end up needing to rent a steamer. Steam-stripping is strenuous because you must steam and strip at the same time. You might want to ask a friend for help or call a professional construction company. 


Clean Your Walls

Make sure your walls are clean and dry, free from cobwebs and other floaties. Remove hooks and nails, etc. 


Put Up Wallpaper

You’ll need wallpaper paste, an application brush, a plumb line, and a trimming knife to put up your new wallpaper. If using adhesive wallpaper, follow the manufacturer instructions provided. 


When it comes to home improvement, Ascension General Contractors is here to help you. Some home improvement and repair projects are so time-consuming that you are just going to need assistance to get it done, and we are always ready to serve!