Wallpaper and borders increases visual interest to your walls.
Norwall Jubilee wall coverings are known for their intricate and beautiful designs. The wallpaper borders have feature designs that are matched to go with their wallpaper coverings, but can also be used alone. They are typically 5 inches to 8 inches wide and come in rolls 15 feet long. Some borders have straight edges on the top and bottom, some are scalloped or distinctively die-cut on one side. The pattern is self-repeating so it is easy to join strips seamlessly. Some Norwall Jubilee wall borders are made of pre-pasted paper or vinyl. Others are peel-and-stick vinyl. Both are simple to install. Using common household tools, you can add a decorative touch to your room in only a couple of hours. These beautiful borders are also used to embellish painted furniture, lampshades, etc., to create a cohesive design. Does this Spark an idea?
1. Measure carefully
Measure the area (linear dimension) on which you will apply the wall border. Multiply that figure (rounded up to the nearest foot) by 1.25. Extra border material is needed to match the pattern for seamless joining of the pieces.
2. Make guideline marks where you will hang the border. If you are installing the border around a room, 4 inches from the ceiling, use a measuring tape and a pencil to make faint marks about every 18 inches, 4 inches from the ceiling. You will use this guideline to place the top of the border.
3. Cut the border into manageable sections. If you have a helper, you can work with longer sections of border. If you are working alone, each section should not be more than about 5 feet long. Write a number on the back of the border sections to remind you of the correct order for hanging. When you get to the end of a roll, you cannot assume that the design at the beginning of the next roll will match up to the end of the last roll. Lay the last section of the roll on the table. Cut the first section of the next roll. Place the two sections end to end, then slide the second piece over the first until the design matches. Using a utility knife and a straight edge, cut through both layers of overlapping border sections at the same time. This will ensure a perfect match.
4. Hang peel-and-stick wallpaper border by removing the paper liner, aligning the border to guide marks and smoothing into place with a paperhanger’s brush. Start in the corner of the room that is the least obvious, as the design pattern will not likely be perfectly matched at that seam. Repositioning may be necessary to remove any wrinkles in the border. Position adjacent border sections to make an invisible seam. Press and roll the seam roller over the seam 3 or 4 times. If you get a small bubble in the border, pierce it with the point of the utility knife, then use your finger to press out any air. Smooth with the seam roller.
5. Cut sections of pre-pasted wallpaper border, using the previously described method.
6. Prepare a section of pre-pasted border for installation by following manufacturer’s instructions. Typically, wallpaper borders are first dipped it into water, then after laying it glue-side up on the table, folding the ends in to meet in the center (without creasing), then allowing a minute of two for the glue to absorb water and become sticky. Using the installation method previously described, install the first section of border.
7. Continue until the room border is complete, removing wrinkles and bubbles and smoothing seams as you go.