Create a Bold Dining Room With Wallpaper

Serve up an extra helping of eye candy with bold, graphic wallpaper on dining room walls.

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Bold Patterned Wallpaper Refreshes Dining Room

Materials Needed:

  • boldly patterned wallpaper
  • 6' straight edge
  • pencil
  • utility knife
  • tape measure
  • wallpaper paste
  • wall covering primer
  • paint roller
  • roller pad
  • paint pan
  • spackle knife
  • spackle
  • sanding block
  • drop cloth
  • bucket
  • sponge
  • warm water
  • paint brush
  • seam roller
  • wallpaper smoother

Create a Smooth Wall Surface

Comb wall surface with spackle knife to loosen up paint build-up or bumps. Fill nail holes with spackle and spackle knife. Once spackle has dried, sand with sanding block. Wipe entire wall with sponge dipped in warm water.

Prime Walls

Pour wallcovering primer into paint pan. Slide on roller pad, then attach extender pole to roller handle. Coat roller pad with wall covering primer by dipping into pan. Apply primer to walls in an even, controlled manner.

Cut Wallpaper to Size

Measure wall surfaces deducting crown molding or baseboards from overall dimension. Refer to manufacturer instructions to identify "drop" and "repeat" of pattern. Roll wallpaper out on flat, level surface with pattern facing up. Lay strips side-by-side, assuring a perfect pattern match with each strip. Add an additional four inches to overall measurements to account for waste. Use a six-foot straight edge and pencil to mark a top and bottom point for each strip of wallpaper. Cut along pencil mark using a utility knife.

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