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How to Wallpaper a Ceiling
When most people redecorate their homes they don’t think about
their ceilings. However, by adding a fashion treatment to your
home’s ceilings you can create a beautiful result that makes your
home look and feel more comfortable and rich. One of the treatments
that you can use on ceilings is wallpaper.
Step One – Select a Wallpaper
There are a lot of different wallpapers that will work for ceiling
applications. The most popular is embossed, or textured, wallpaper.
These wallpapers are usually treated after their installation to
make them look like punched tin, however, you can leave them plain,
or paint them a color that compliments your décor. If you don’t
want to use embossed wallpaper on your ceiling then you can select
a wallpaper that has a pattern, texture, or color that you like.
You should keep in mind that simple wallpaper works best for
Step Two – Buy Your Supplies
Applying wallpaper to your ceiling is different from applying it to
your walls. The supplies that you will need include: wallpaper,
clay-based adhesive, Acrylic primer, chalk line, wallpaper
smoothing brush, razor, ladder, paint, paint roller, and help.
Step Three – Prepare Your Ceiling
In order to produce a beautiful ceiling it is essential that you
prepare your ceiling properly before you start. Your ceiling needs
to be smooth, flat, and clean. To accomplish all of these things
you will need to sand and wash down your ceiling. Then allow it to
dry before proceeding. Next prime the ceiling with an Acrylic
primer that is specially designed for clay-based adhesives. After
priming the ceiling you will want to let it dry for at least 24
Step Four – Create a Straight Line
Before you start applying wallpaper to your ceiling you need to
establish a straight line to work from. Measure in 20 inches from
the molding and snap a chalk line. You may need help doing this. If
you are doing this alone then you can pound in some nail to tie
your chalk line to. Snap your line. This is the line you will need
to use to apply your first row of wallpaper.
Step Five – Prepare Your Wallpaper
Lay out your wallpaper and carefully apply the paste to the back of
the paper. Remember that if you are using embossed paper you don’t
want to press down too hard on the paper as this will smash the
Step Six – Apply Your Wallpaper
Line up your wallpaper with the chalk line and smooth it into
place. There will be an overlap of about half an inch with the
molding on the first line. Don’t worry, you’ll cut this off later.
Apply the rest of the wallpaper to the ceiling.
Step Seven – Trim
After your Wallpaper has been applied to your ceiling you will want
to go around the molding using a trim guard to trim off the
overlap. Press firmly to ensure that the razor goes all the way
through the paper, and that your cuts are sharp and clean.
Step Eight – Clean
Use a damp sponge to wipe down the surface of your wallpaper to
remove extra adhesive. Allow the paper to dry for at least 24
Step Nine – Paint
Your final step is to paint the wallpaper. Use a color that you
like and that compliments your décor. For the best results use a
high nap roller to apply the paint. Several coats may be needed.