HOW TO INSTALL NON-PASTED TRADITIONAL PEBBLE WALLPAPER
DOING YOUR PROJECT
Getting Off to a Good Start
We recommend hiring a wallpaper professional to install your Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper. However, if you choose to do it yourself we have used the following steps for a successful installation.
STEP 1: BEGIN BY INSPECTING AND PREPARING THE WALLS WHERE THE PAPER WILL BE INSTALLED.
Fill holes and sand any rough areas
Remove outlet and switch covers
Prime the walls if necessary and let dry completely. Priming will neutralize the existing wall color and help the wallpaper glue to adhere. If priming, Romans RX35 clear primer is recommended.
Clean and wipe down the walls
STEP 2: GATHER YOUR INSTALLATION MATERIALS
Level with straightedge or laser level
Pre-mixed wallpaper paste
Paste brush or napped roller
Wallpaper smoothing brush
Putty Knife (6” metal works best)
Snap-blade knife or utility knife with extra blades
Pencil or tape
Drop cloth or tarp
Bucket of clean water
STEP 3: PROTECT YOUR AREA
Lay a drop cloth or tarp down in your workspace to protect the floor from glue and water.
STEP 4: GET STARTED!
We recommend that you begin installation in the least conspicuous portion of the room, usually over the entry doorway.
STEP 5: MAKE SURE IT'S STRAIGHT
Use a plumb bob (weight on a string), a level, or a laser level to tape or draw a light vertical level line where you plan to begin install. You may want to check for level consistently throughout install.
STEP 6: MAKE YOUR FIRST PANEL
Unroll and cut down the first panel of paper. Cut the panel approximately 4” longer than the height of your wall to allow room for trimming and adjustment.
Lay the first panel face-down on your flat clean work area. Apply an even coat of pre-mixed wallpaper paste to the entire surface. Take care to roll or brush away from the center towards the edges to avoid build-up on the front edges of the paper.
STEP 7: BOOKING
Lightly fold the top and bottom of the panel over itself to meet in the center so all pasted areas are covered, take care not to crease the paper. This is called ‘booking.’ Book the paper by letting it sit folded for approximately 20-30 minutes.
Once the paper is booked, you can begin installing. Unfold the top half of the booked panel and place it against the top of the wall with a small overlap onto the ceiling. Make sure the edge of the paper aligns with your level line before smoothing the top portion of the panel onto the wall, working from the top down and the center out.
STEP 8: START APPLYING TO THE WALL
Gently push the paper into the top corner where the ceiling meets the wall. Then, place the putty knife against the corner and use it as a guide to cut the top of the wallpaper panel off, flush with the ceiling. Move the putty knife to continue using it as a guide, but take care not to lift your cutting knife.
Continue working from the top-down, smoothing from the center out to the edges using your wallpaper smoother or smoothing brush to work out air bubbles.
Unbook the bottom half of the paper and continue smoothing down the full panel.
Finish and cut the bottom portion of the paper as you did the top.
STEP 9: WIPE AWAY THE EXTRAS
Wipe excess paste away from the panel with clean water and a natural sponge. Dry with a clean cloth.
STEP 10: START YOUR SECOND PANEL
Before cutting the second panel, hold the paper up to the wall to ensure you have enough paper to match the installed panel. Then, following steps above, overlap second panel over first panel by approximately 1”, taking care to ensure the panel is level and that the pattern repeat aligns.
If desired, you can double cut your wallpaper after applying each panel. To double cut: locate the center of the overlap and, using a long ruler and a sharp cutting blade, cut in the center of the overlap lengthwise on the wall. Take care not to score the wall behind the paper. Pull away the ½” excess from both panel edges.
STEP 11: REPEAT!
Continue until all panels are installed. Note: The final panel may not perfectly align with the first panel. Use the double cutting method to make this final seam less noticeable where possible.