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Hanging Wallcovering To A Period Property Staircase In Northamptonshire

Listed under Blog, Paul Barber, wallcoverings Posted Feb 12 2013

Northampton-based Paul C Barber is a master wallpaper hanger, and here he is running through the fundamentals of papering a large staircase, not a task for the faint hearted! An article covering the finer points will follow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I recently redecorated a period property in Northamptonshire, it was a spiral design stairs with large hall and landing. It took 25 rolls of Sandersons Autumn Leaf paper .

Cross lining

After I had prepared and sealed the walls, I then cross lined with 1200 grade lining paper. From the ceiling line I measured down the width of the lining paper and drew a line with a spirit level across the wall.

First drop of wallpaper on a stairway

When hanging the finish wallcovering to a staircase, the Golden Rule is to drop the longest piece first. This was 16 feet, great fun off the ladder and squeezing behind the staircase.

– Draw a line down the wall from ceiling to stringer / string

– Measure and cut your first length

– Paste the back of the wallcovering, or paste the wall, whatever is recommended by the manufacture.

– Allow to soak (if recommended) and hang your first length.

With the first piece hung, you then work away from both sides of the wallcovering, until you reach the landing and hall. Follow on until you reach a natural break.

Another golden rule – never leave a wall half completed overnight. Always finish in a corner or by a door or window surround.

Paul C Barber hand painted kitchens northamptonshirePaul C Barber, specialist kitchen painter and wallpaper hanger based in Northampton, is the Traditional Painter responsible for hand painted kitchens throughout Northamptonshire.

A member of the prestigious Wallpaper Hangers Guild, kitchen painter for A Bell & Co Ltd of Kingsthorpe and also a Dulux Select Fellow, Paul has been working at the high end of decorating for over 35 years now.


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2 comments to “Hanging Wallcovering To A Period Property Staircase In Northamptonshire”

  1. Charles Budd

    Very nicely done! 16ft is a longer drop than I’ve ever done!

  2. Mark

    Can you recommend any good wallpapering instructional videos. I want to try and wallpaper my living room just need a bit of help on techniques etc.
    Look forward to your reply.
    Many thanks

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