Removing & Hanging Wallpaper Cost
Typical wallpapering prices and decorating guide
Average wallpapering costs
Wallpaper has made something of a comeback in terms of fashion and after years of everyone steaming and scraping the stuff off at every opportunity, now everyone wants to put wallpaper on! But choosing wallpaper is more difficult than simply choosing a paint colour if you get the colour wrong initially, it’s no big deal to simply paint over the top. But if you change your mind about wallpaper – you’ve got the scrape the whole lot off again! A carefully chosen pattern can make rooms look more spacious but if you get it wrong and it can have the opposite effect. Small rooms are dwarfed by large print patterns, but if you really want a big design you can use it on a feature wall then keep the other walls a light shade to give the illusion of space.
The condition of the walls can also influence your wallpaper choice, walls in bad condition that really need re-plastering can often look great just by wallpapering with a good quality thick wallpaper (usually a lot cheaper than hiring a plasterer). Certain rooms lend themselves to certain paper types too. for example, vinyl wallpapers resist moisture well and are splash-proof, so they work well for use in bathrooms. However, even vinyl wallpapers are no good if coming in direct contact with water regularly, such as around a shower or sink.
Doing it Yourself
Not everyone has the knack of wallpapering, if this is not something you are good at, don’t just blunder ahead with it, get a professional in! But if you are doing it yourself, the most important thing when buying wallpaper is to make sure all the rolls come from the same batch and are the same colour and shade. This might sound obvious, but often in DIY stores customers lift wallpaper rolls and put them back in the wrong place, so check every roll! Once you have chosen the wallpaper, you need to decide on whether you need to put up lining paper or not. If the walls are in poor condition then lining paper is a good idea, though maybe a thick good quality paper may also be enough to smooth over any imperfections.
Either way, to do a decent job you really need a pasting table (unless using the newer types of paper where the adhesive is brushed onto the wall). It’s actually better to use a roller than a brush to apply your wallpaper paste as this makes it easier to apply smoothly. You’ll also need a plumb line or spirit level, a step ladder or platform, paintbrushes, a pencil, sharp scissors and a wall covering smoother.
First, you need to “size” the wall by applying adhesive and letting it dry properly. next use a plumb line to mark a vertical line with your pencil to ensure the paper is hanging straight at regular points along each wall. Then measure the height of the wall along these vertical lines so you can cut the wallpaper to the right size. Now stretch each strip of paper flat along the table and spread the wallpaper paste on. Fold the wallpaper up concertina style then carry up the step-ladder and attach to the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling.
Move the paper around as you gradually unfold it to get it positioned just right before the adhesive starts to dry. Line up all the strips but not overlap then brush across the front of the paper to flatten it and get rid of any bubbles as you go along. Remove any excess paper using scissors or a small blade (great for tricky corners, doors and windows too). If you are using lining paper, use the same papering technique for the wallpaper, but make sure it is completely dry before applying the top paper.
- Wallpaper has made a come-back and is very fashionable right now
- Wallpaper is printed in batches, it is important to have the same batch number to ensure colours and pattern match exactly
- You're best advised to take radiators off before papering
- Hang light coloured wallpaper to create the illusion of space
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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Whole 3 bedroom house including loft needs wallpapers removed fully and new wallpapers put in.
Submitted by Abdul
Painting of 4 walls with white paint in a house in Kidbrooke area.
Submitted by Savio
One internal wall painted - 12 feet by 8 feet, includes one door (to be painted) one light switch, 2 power outlets. Good condition, only a year old. One roll (6 sheets) of wall paper mural to be hung. Wall is 10 by 8 feet, includes working round two corners of a recess.
Submitted by Nikki
I would like to have my house painted. Internals only.
Submitted by Dilip
2 living rooms to be wallpapered and the wooden to be sanded down painted and door frames added.