DIY: How to Hang Vintage Wallpaper March 21 2018

Never fear! Hanging vintage wallpaper is fun! We've gathered helpful tips from vintage decorating books, trusted paperhangers, and our own experience to put together these instructions for hanging vintage wallpaper. Here's what you do: 

What You Will Need (Main Items)

vintage wallpaper // wheat paste // paste brush // wallpaper smoothing brush // seam roller // 6 ft. work table // 6 ft. straight edge // plumb bob and chalk line or laser level // rotary cutter // scissors // 2 ft. ruler // ladder

Hanging Vinyls, Flocks, Mylars, and Metallics November 30 2015

For vintage vinyls, flocks, mylars, or metallics, follow our regular instructions for hanging vintage wallpaper but keep these tips in mind:

- Apply a vinyl paste (not wheat paste)

Use a vinyl paste instead of a wheat paste and apply it directly to your clean walls using a paint roller. (Even though many retro vintage wallpapers were pre-pasted during their manufacturing, we do not recommend relying on that paste today, being that it's 40 years old.)

- Use the butting method

Most 1970s retro papers do not have selvage edges (or if they do, the paper is likely too thick to make a pleasant lapping joint). Butting is the suggested method for hanging vinyls, flocks, metallics, and mylars. If there is a selvage edge, trim off both sides. Otherwise, proceed to hanging each strip flush with the one beside it, being careful to match the pattern.

- Do not stretch the wallpaper

Do not pull and stretch the paper; it will return back to it's normal shape when dried. Make sure it joins together neatly without pulling.

- Use a paint roller to smooth FLOCK

For FLOCKS, smooth and press the seams with a soft, clean paint roller. Do not use a traditional hard seam roller as it will polish the flock. You may also used a pasting brush to gently tamp down the edges by tapping the bristles on the seam.

- Keep front of paper clean

Always wipe away any excess paste from the front of the wallpaper using a damp sponge.

- Brush the flocking in the same direction

After washing a FLOCK pattern, brush the flocking in an upward motion to lay the nap in the same direction as it dries. A flock wallpaper will release some loose fibers, but that's normal. When it's dried, you can clean flock with the brush attachment on your vacuum.

- Do not crease

Never make sharp creases in your paper while in the process of hanging, especially with Mylars or Foils, as they will be almost impossible to remove.