Wallpaper - DIY Questions Answered

Wallpapering - Your DIY Questions Answered

06.27.2017

Is wallpaper out of style?

Things have moved on from the old days of struggling to wallpaper a room. The image of someone with bits of wallpaper strewn on the floor and glue dripping everywhere are well and truly gone.

These days, wallpapers come in an amazing selection of textures, colours and patterns and with pre-pasted paper, pretty much anyone can do it themselves.

Can I use wallpaper and paint in the same room?

Wallpaper is great for adding an area of interest in a room, like bringing texture and richness to a feature wall. It works well with paint and usually you can match the two together to produce amazing results.

Is it more expensive to wallpaper than paint?

Wallpaper is generally more expensive than buying paint however there are obviously low end wallpapers that you could use. Having said that, the benefits of adding pattern and texture to a room to give it that special wow factor may outweigh the additional cost.

How do I remove wallpaper?

The challenge with older style homes like villas that have pre-existing wallpaper is that it’s tricky to remove. There are stripping products that you can use so it pays to talk to your local supplier for advice. If it’s not done properly, you can damage the walls and then it becomes a really expensive repair exercise.

Can wallpaper be painted over?

Sometimes it’s too difficult to remove old wallpaper and it’s easier to simply paint over it. What’s important is to make sure you have smoothed over any defects like bubbles or ripped edges before you get started.

There’s plenty of DIY guides online so it pays to do a bit of research or you can talk to the friendly team at Westend Painters for advice.

Can wallpaper be reused?

The good news is that if you have ‘paste-the-wall’ wallpaper then it’s easy to simply peel it off, give it a good clean and then hang it up on a different wall.

Can I do it myself or do I need a professional?

The key consideration is whether you have the time and patience to do it yourself or whether it would be easier to get an expert in to do it for you.

It’s easy enough to hang it yourself provided you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take the time to prep. Patience is definitely required as you’ll need to measure the walls and deal with cutting the wallpaper rolls to exactly the same length.

How do I know how many rolls I’ll need?

You’ll need to take measurements as obviously every room is a different size and you’ll also need to factor pattern matching into your calculations. However, an average size room usually requires around 7 rolls of wallpaper. That’s based on the average roll being 0.5 metres wide and 10 metres long i.e. about 3 drops per wall.

You can use the link below to work out how much wallpaper you’ll require.  

https://www.guthriebowron.co.nz/wallpaper/calculator/

Wallpaper DIY

  • Choose a wallpaper that will add the required effect you want to achieve. For example, darker, bold patterns look great at night with the lights on and make a real statement.
  • Choose which type of wallpaper you want. There are three to choose from i.e. pre-pasted, un-pasted and past-the-wall. It’s best to talk to your local supplier about what would work best on your particular wall surface.
  • Measure your walls so you know how many rolls you’ll need and make sure the rolls are from the same batch so the pattern will match up.
  • Make sure you have prepped the walls before you get started i.e. cleaned, dried and applied a wallpaper undercoat. Also check you have all the tools i.e. a ladder, roller, brushes and a drop cloth ready.
  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and start in the centre of the wall and try and end in an inconspicuous area like behind a door.