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Hanging Wallpaper

Before you get started


  • Un-roll the paper and trim the top and bottom of each strip to give you your six  (or  seven for XL) strips for hanging. 
  • Lay the whole mural out on the floor to see how the image matches up and to check for any inconsistencies. Due to the nature of our product, ohpopsi cannot be held responsible for any issues once you have started hanging the wallpaper.

Preparing your wall


  • Always ensure the wall surface is clean, dry, structurally sound, free of mildew and grease and is as smooth as possible in order to achieve the best possible results when hanging wallpaper, and for ease of removal when redecorating. 
  • Any holes, cracks or defects in the surface should be filled with a good quality filler, smoothed out and allowed to completely dry.
  • Brush off the area to be covered with the wallpaper with a stiff brush to remove all dirt and loose material.
  • Applying to a painted wall
  • For best results, painted walls should be primed (especially if the paint is old, damaged or flaking).

Applying to previously wallpapered walls


For best results, ensure that all previous paper and adhesive has been removed, fill and sand any holes where necessary to ensure a smooth, clean surface. The applying of a primer is then recommended.

Applying to wallpapered walls


Applying to already papered walls is not recommended. All wallpaper already on the wall surface should be stripped and the walls prepared accordingly, as detailed above.

Applying to plasterboard


For best results apply to a wall surface that has been painted with one coat of builder’s primer and one coat of emulsion paint (available from any good DIY store). Please note: this is typical of new construction; a wall surface that has been painted with a single coat of primer or satin or gloss paint is acceptable.

The tools you’ll need


  1. A soft dry cloth
  2. A lightly dampened cloth
  3. A sharp knife
  4. Stepladder
  5. Plumb line or spirit level
  6. Pencil
  7. Ruler

You’re prepared and ready to get started 
  1. When your wall is fully prepared, use a plumb line or spirit level to ensure you have a straight line to begin hanging your mural. The position of the first strip determines the overall look of the completed mural so take time to place it accurately.

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  2. When ready to start hanging your paper be prepared to continue until all strips are hung, avoiding long periods between hanging each strip. Work from left to right.
  3. First trim off the hanging instructions, keeping nearby for reference.
  4. Using the printed guidelines cut off the first strip of your mural.
  5. Apply ‘paste the wall’ wallpaper adhesive to the wall, covering enough area for the first strip.

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  6. Apply the first strip to the wall, lining up to your plumb line/straight edge. Use a soft cloth to gently work out any large air pockets downwards and outwards. Take care not to overwork each strip as this could result in stretching, making it harder to line up following strips.

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  7. Carefully remove any excess paste from the front of the mural using a lightly dampened cloth. Too much rubbing or cleaning may remove ink from the paper.

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  8. Repeat steps 4 to 7 for the remaining 5 strips of your wall mural (6 for the XL), lining up the design and tightly butting up each join so that no gaps can be seen.
  9. Trim any excess edges carefully after applying the paper.

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  10. When all the strips of the mural have been hung, remove any excess wallpaper paste from the wall with a damp cloth.