How to Hang Mural Wallpaper Part 2

What You'll Need
Utility knife
Wallpaper removal solution
Putty knife
Garbage Bag
Straight edge

If you’re looking for a unique design element to make a room in your house really pop, you might want to consider mural wallpaper. This type of wallpaper allows you to create an immersive pictorial environment, as if you truly had a mural painting on your walls, or as if you had lovely tapestries adorning them. With images available from Victorian floral patterns, to Klimt-inspired Art Décor style murals, to images of ponies frolicking in the ocean waves, you can find something suitable for any room in the house, from the living room, to the study, to the nursery. Of course, the only downside is that mural wallpaper is a little trickier to hang on the wall than normal wallpaper, since you have to be extra careful about lining everything up perfectly. Read this complete manual on how to hang mural wallpaper to find out everything you need to know before you begin the job.

Part 1 of this series talked about how to prepare your walls for hanging mural wallpaper. Part 2 discusses what to do if you already have wallpaper in the room, and how to start applying the wallpaper.

Step 1 – Getting Rid of Old Wallpaper

In part 1, we talked about how to prepare painted walls for hanging mural wallpaper, but what should you do if you want to replace your existing wallpaper? One word of advice: don’t just put the new wallpaper on the old! This will not give you the results that you’re looking for.

To remove the old wallpaper, put down some tarps or rags on the floor underneath the wall. Take a utility knife and make some scratches in the wall paper in a regular grid, so that it’ll be easy to rip off. Douse the wall with some wallpaper remover solution, that you can mix up with water in a bucket and apply with a sponge or a sprayer. Use the putty knife to start stripping the old paper off, starting at the seams and then pulling the paper away. Toss all the old paper into a garbage  bag, and use the sandpaper to buff off any remaining strips or bits of glue that just won’t budge. Finally, wash the bare wall (just like we described in part 1) in order to get the wall nice and clean for your new mural wallpaper.

Step 2 – On Your Marks, Ready, Set…Wallpaper!

So by now, you’ve chosen the perfect area for your mural wallpaper, and you’ve prepared the walls so that they’re spic and span. Now you’re ready to get started hanging up the new wallpaper.

The first thing that you want to do is plan exactly and precisely where you’re going to lay each strip of paper and in what order. This is even more important with mural wallpaper than with regular wallpaper, because if the seams aren’t lined up, the pictorial illusion will be destroyed.

Use a straight edge to demarcate where the wallpaper will begin, and make a small line with your pencil. Make several marks with the straight edge going across the wall so that you will have regular guidelines as you apply each sheet of wallpaper.