Paper Hanging: Hanging Borders and Papering Ceilings
Patterned wallpaper borders are sold by the yard and usually they are supplied in the form of a sheet on which the pattern is repeated and it will be necessary to cut the sheet into strips before pasting and hanging it. As much as possible of the border should be hung at one time. The border is pasted as explained previously and is then folded concertina fashion. It should then be found an easy matter to place one end of the border in position and release the fold slowly whilst moving along the wall. The border paper should be stretched very slightly as it is patted into place with the palm of the hand. With the complete strip hung, go over the work again, tapping the border with the ends of the bristles of a smoothing-brush. If it is necessary to join a border along its length, it is best to tear the new edge and not cut it and this will make the join practically invisible.
Papering a Ceiling:
Covering a ceiling with wallpaper is done in the same way as described for paper hanging walls. The difference being that when papering a wall the handyman makes use of the force of gravity which, of course, he cannot do when papering a ceiling. This is a job best done by two people — one person to hold the folds of paper, the other to position the paper and brush it on the ceiling. The strips of paper should be attached across the shortest width of the ceiling. The paper, after pasting, should be folded, making many small folds. The same tools are used — a smoothing-brush, paper-shears, sponge and seam-roller. It will be necessary to rig up a scaffold of steps and a plank or tables so that the complete run of the strip can be dealt with without dismounting the scaffold.
If a ceiling is to be papered this should be done before hanging paper on the walls. It is possible for one person to paper a ceiling, but this will be found extremely difficult to do by the completely inexperienced paperhanger. After some experience has been gained in practice, the job can be done as a solo effort by holding the folded end of the length of paper with one hand and positioning and brushing the free end of the strip in place on the ceiling with the other hand. It will be found easier to hold the folded section of the paper by using a rolled strip of wallpaper (or a batten) under the folds.
Where there are small children or pets wall paper may be protected by applying a coat of special sealing preparation. The protective coatings, which are transparent, are easy to apply with a wide, clean brush or a roller. They are colourless and will not darken or stain the most delicate papers. Should the surface of the wall become finger-marked, splashed with water or marked with grease, the stains can easily be cleaned off without damaging the paper. Use of these protective coatings considerably prolongs the life of wallpaper.