January 28, 2022


Does traditional wallpaper intimidate you? Me too. Or at least it did! For years I have avoided trying to do it myself and always hired helped, but y'all I am tired of waiting for other people. Prices are going up and wait times are getting longer. My new resolution is to stop waiting and start doing. There are many ways to hang traditional wallpaper. I am by no means an expert, but this method was the easiest for me.

Tools I used (with links!):


smoother and utility knife

paint brush

drop cloth



  1. When ordering wallpaper, make sure you take into account the repeating pattern. You will need to buy more than what you would expect by just calculating the square feet of wall space. If you need help figuring out how much you will need, google "repeating pattern wallpaper calculator".
  2. Start with a clean wall. Remove any and all dust or imperfections.
  3. I chose to paint the wallpaper adhesive directly onto the wall instead of onto the wallpaper. I found this to be easier than the alternative. I did not precut the paper. After coating the wall with adhesive, hold up the wallpaper (use your level here, especially on that first piece) evenly and pressed down.
  4. Use a flat edge smoother here to get out any bubbles. Start from the upper left corner and work your way down and right.
  5. Once reaching the bottom of the wall, use the straight edge smoother again to ensure you are holding a straight line against the molding. Then, use a utility knife along the straight edge to get a clean cut.
  6. Go back along each piece of paneling as you work, continuing to smooth out any bubbles and pressing down.
  7. When starting the second sheet of wallpaper, I found that it was easier for me take the roll of wallpaper with me up the ladder and not precut each sheet. Next, line up the pattern with the first sheet. Then, use the straight edge and utility knife to cut along the ceiling molding for a seamless finish.
  8. Continue by repeating steps 3-7 until you have finished your wall!
  9. When you get to the last piece, you may have some overlap onto the next wall. To get it flush with the corner, ensure the paper is pressed down and smooth, hold the straight edge along the corner, and use the utility knife to cut it vertically down the wall to make it fit.