Fitting Wallpaper Around Trim
Paperhanger John Clift shows how to align, cut, and fold wallpaper for a clean fit where it meets windows and doors.
There’s nothing level about this house, which makes aligning sheets of wallpaper a little more challenging. When you come to edges of door jambs and window trim, you want to try and stay consistent. In other words, take a look at how this pattern flows, and make adjustments as you see fit. When you have consistency along the prominent edges, the whole job feels more streamlined. We have the same situation on the different sides of the windows in this room. If I have to nudge the paper a little bit and throw it off just to keep a consistent flow, I will. And again, this trim is not level. There’s nothing level here, so it makes it a little more challenging than normal. We will be cutting this tip off, and we want to make sure we continue to cut that tip off. This is a nicer finished product. Nobody will be able to see that it’s not perfectly level. And it probably still is level; we are just stretching the paper to where we need to. So yeah, it’s working out pretty good.
This is just basically a spackle blade. The biggest difference between this blade is that it’s stainless steel, so you don’t get stains on the paper from rust. And it’s very stern. I mean, it’s not a good finishing blade for a drywall guy or whatnot. It’s just a really stiff blade, which makes it great for cutting straight edges.
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