Wallpapering and borders


Old 10-21-00, 09:45 AM
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I am wallpapering a bath/laundry room. One pattern wallpaper for the top portion, another for the bottom portion and a strip of border where they join. Is it best to butt the top and bottom wall paper together and then run the border centered on top of the seam? Or should you run the border and then paste the top and bottom sections butted to the top and bottom edges of the border?
Old 10-21-00, 12:16 PM
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I would mark a line where the border will hit about center, lay each wallpaper going close to the line( 1/2 inch or so), you can lay the border right on top, but for the best results skim the gap between the papers with joint compound, apply the compound and wipe smooth using a 6" taping knife, sand lightly and apply the border with border adhesive.

It will be very difficult to butt the pieces unless you can make a perfectly square cut and overlapping will cause a ridge. You definatly don't want to try to lay the border first and attempting to butt the paper to it.


Another option would be to overlap (1 inch or so) the top paper and the bottom paper, right where the border is to be placed, and using your straight edge cut through both pieces and removing the cut strips (both the cut strip on top and the other cut strip under the paper) and smoothing down. this will illiminate the need for joint compound. Be sure when cutting to STAY cutting through BOTH pieces of overlapped wallpaper.

[This message has been edited by Chipfo (edited October 21, 2000).]

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