Give DIY a try by hanging your own wallpaper. It’s not as hard as you might think…


What you will need:

  • Wallpaper (see note on measuring up)
  • Tape measure and scissors
  • Wallpaper paste
  • Roller
  • Straight edge spreader (a plastic tool that helps smooth the paper)
  • Sharp knife and ruler (the ruler needs to be longer than the width of the paper and preferably with a handle)

What to do:

1. Measure your drop and cut wallpaper to length, being careful to match your pattern repeats, and allowing a little extra for overhang (which will be trimmed off later).

2. Mix the paste as per instructions on the pack and apply to wall with a roller. Cut into the wall (with a brush held sideways) as required (and don’t worry if you get some glue on the cornice or ceiling, you can just wipe it off with a rag after you’ve trimmed your paper later).

3. Hang your drops of wallpaper from the top to the bottom of the wall, smoothing the paper out with a straight edge spreader as you go.

4. Trim paper along the top and the bottom with a sharp knife or blade and a ruler. Repeat until the wall is done.


Follow the instructions for non-woven paper, with the major exception of pasting the paper instead of the walls. This is a little messier perhaps but made much easier if you ensure you have a big table to work from.

The above is an extract from Luxe Vintage by Tahn Scoon, New Holland Publishers, RRP $29.99.  For more vintage inspired interiors and projects, buy the book here from April 2017 (and at all good bookstores).

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