How to Hang Wallpaper Around a Door Part 1

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What You'll Need
Sponge (optional)
Measuring tape
Paper hanging brush

If there were no doors or windows in a room, it would be a breeze to hang wallpaper. Unfortunately, such a room does not exist, and doors provide the biggest trouble spot and therefore the area most likely to show up shoddy work after paper has been hung. Fortunately, with the right knowledge, you can easily wallpaper around doors and windows.

Step 1 - Continue Your Roll

When you reach a door, don’t panic and start cutting your paper into pieces. Take a full piece of paper and start at the top, just like every other piece your have applied. Make sure it is smooth, seamless and secure at the top, and let it roll down. Make sure this piece is the same length of all other pieces you have hung.

Step 2 - Rough Measurements

Measure the length and width of your door, as well as any trim around it. Do not hang all the paper that will be around the door, only one piece at a time, ensuring it is perfect before you move on. Leaving several inches of excess, use your scissors to cut out a rough layout for your door, using your paper hanging brush to smooth out the areas that are secured.

Step 3 - Cross Cuts

Use your scissors to cut the paper diagonally, tight into the corners of the door. Do not cut too far or not far enough, or you will open yourself up to a lot of flaws in the paper. Smooth the wallpaper, from the edges toward the door, and use your paper hanging brush to remove any air pockets. Make sure your seams are still straight.

Step 4 - Crease Your Edges

With your paper hanging brush, your fingers, or a straight dull edge, push your paper into the edges of the door trim, smoothing any pockets or wrinkles very carefully as you work. Use your brush bristles to get a very tight fit. Crease the paper when you had a perfect edge, along both sides of the door and up along the top.

Fold the excess paper at the crease, re-enforcing the edge. Check the top corner of your door carefully, making sure there are no tears in the corner of your paper, and that when you crease and fold, you have a perfect right angle. Go over your creases one last time, with a sponge if you want to be sure they are perfect.

Once you have hung the first piece of wallpaper around a doorway, the rest should be a little easier. Consult your measurements to determine if you will need to hang a short piece over top of the door, or simply fit another corner in. Leave your excess paper to hang until you are ready to cut around the entire perimeter of the door. When you’re ready to finish the job, move on to part two of this article.