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Hanging Wallpaper: Making Seams


  1. Step 1

    Place the new strip as close as possible to an affixed strip. With your hands flat on the new strip , push it gently up or down to align the pattern, keeping fingertips away from the edge to avoid tearing.

  2. Step 2

    Push the new strip toward the old one until the edges of both strips touch and just begin to buckle. Then go over the seam with a smoother. After 10 to 15 minutes' drying time, run a paper roller along the seam in short up-and-down strokes.

  3. Step 3


    In some spots, strips cannot hang exactly parallel -- in a corner, for instance, where walls are uneven. Positioning one strip to overlap another by 1/16 inch lets you cheat the alignment. Because an overlap creates a ridge, avoid using this seam in a prominent place. For thicker, fabric-covered papers, run a single-edge blade through both layers of the overlap, and peel away the underlying layers.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2000