Wallpapering Chimney Breasts and Recessed Areas

Chimney Breasts

A paper with a bold pattern should be hung centrally on a chimney breast. The centre of a pattern in wallpaper will either be on the paper edge or somewhere within the width of the pattern. Measure to find the central position of the chimney breast, then mark in the vertical.

Where the pattern is on the edge of a length, paste the paper then hang it with the pattern centre, flush with the vertical. Trim top and bottom and hang the second length on the other side of the centre line.

If the pattern centre is not on the paper edge, the method of hanging is slightly different. Mark in the centre vertical on the chimney breast, then measure on the paper the distance between the pattern centre and the left-hand edge of the paper.

Transfer that measurement to the chimney breast, and mark in the new vertical the measured distance on the left of the centre line.

The first piece of paper is hung to the right of this line. Butt joint the second piece to the left of the line, flush with the first length.

Recessed areas

A bay window which presents a recessed area is dealt with when the wall above is papered. Do not attempt to fold the whole paper width round the corner, into the reveal; separate cut pieces will be needed.

There are two ways to paper a reveal: either outwards from the reveal or inwards. This depends on whether work is progressively towards or away from the reveal.

In working outwards from the reveal, measure, in one operation, from the inner edge of the reveal and round the corner.

Allow for trimming if the uprights are not true. Align the outer edge of a length of paper vertically and mark a working line down the wall.

Paste and hang the length, then cut the paper to the depth of the reveal, allowing about 6mm above. Smooth the paper into the reveal and trim the vertical edge as necessary.

A slight overlap will be left at the top of the reveal. Trim carefully round window sills or boards and the bottom horizontal edge of the reveal.

When working inwards, hang the paper in the normal way, butt jointed to the adjacent section. Cut the top and bottom of the paper so that the paper butts in to the reveal, where the vertical edge can be trimmed. Again, allow a 6mm gap above the reveal.

The procedure, whether working inwards or’outwards, is the same for the next section. Cut a further length, making sure that any pattern matches, to fit to the length of the wall drop and reveal, and allow for trimming.

Hang this vertically and smooth into the reveal. Finally, cut an oversize piece of wallpaper to fill the gap alongside. Trim this to fit accurately into the reveal but overlapping at the front by 25mm.

Tear the overlap edge carefully; this will leave a ragged edge and conceal the join when pasted into position. Check carefully that the pattern is matched when cutting the infill piece.

Since the point above a door or window is often unobtrusive, any pattern disparity, caused by falling short of a complete length or width, may occur here.

10. November 2011 by admin
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