Dealing with loose skirting when papering

The usual method for covering any gaps between the skirting board and wall when wallpapering is to turn the bottom edge of the paper on to the top of the skirting. However, if the paper is knocked or if the skirting pulls farther away from the wall the paper can tear. To avoid this – if the skirting cannot be fitted back into position – fill the gap before papering. Use a proprietary plaster filler mixed with a PVA adhesive; the adhesive stops the filler cracking away from the skirting as it dries out. Paint over the filler and cut the wallpaper to fit flush with the bottom of the wall and the top of the filled skirting board.

Wallpapering window recesses

Always wallpaper a window recess before the wall into which the window is recessed. This makes the overlapping joint less conspicuous. As it faces out towards the window.

Fitting wallpaper around a door frame

To fit wallpaper around a door frame, first paste a full length of paper and make two folds; one of these, when unfolded, should be the height of the door. Unfold the smaller fold and fit it at the top of the wall.

Make a rough cut, using the inside of the door frame as a guide, finishing off with a diagonal cut at the corner. The double thickness of paper not only simplifies these initial cuts but also prevents paste getting on to the door. Unfold the trimmed paper and smooth it down with a hanging brush. Score the edges around the door frame and cut away the excess.

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