Wallpaper Tips and Tricks

I just finished helping a friend wallpaper a bathroom and in all my years I don't think I've ever seen a more unique type of paper anywhere. She got the idea from a Lowes store.


Insted of hanging wallpaper in strips you tear pieces out of the paper and you hang it piece by piece until you've covered the wall. No design just torn pieces. She used a tan and white design that had script writing that resembled pages from a journal. This gives a nice textured look.

At the top and around trim you use the straight edge, so there's no trimming or cutting, perfect trimmed edges. You probably wouldn't want to try this with a floral print but a stone looking design or something similar to what she used. It was beautiful.

By Sharon Shearer

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April 6, 2005

To the person who ran out of wallpaper border, this happened to my daughter. I copied the border onto a good grade of paper after it was on the wall you could not tell the difference.

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As I am a new member I would like to say hello to everybody....and my name is Tommy and I live in Glasgow. My hobbies are Outdoor Bowls, Snooker,and Computers. But I have a decorating problem that I can't seem to solve.

Just recently I removed a gas fire from my living room wall. But now I am left with a gap in my wallpaper of about (25 in x 21 in) which I have to blend in with the exact same wallpaper.

But the problem I have is I can't get this wallpaper anywhere, as I am led to believe it has been discontinued.

And there is no way I am going to go through the experience of repapering my whole livingroom, for a small gap.

I have very little information on my original wallpaper, but I have took a photo of it...which I will sent for posting with this request. I am willing to pay for the paper and postage if anybody has any lying around or any info on where I can get it.

I was thinking of just putting and item in front of the gap,but my wife does not want that.

Hope somebody can help once they have seen my wallpaper photo. The wallpaper in question is a thick plain white patterned wallpaper and I think they call it a CLASSIC FRESCO?

Thanks in advance
Tommy from Glasgow


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July 12, 20050 found this helpful

you can search discontinued wallpaper here:

I used the middle search box to look for any white wall paper and used the search word embossed.

It turned up several pages of results.

They also have a "contact" form if you can't find what you are looking for I would suggest sending them a link to your post here so they can see the picture and let you know if they have what you need. This is the direct link to the pic...

good luck!

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July 13, 20050 found this helpful

Have you thought about rewallpapering or painting just one wall with something coordinating?

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July 19, 20050 found this helpful

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I would just like to thank everybody that helped with my request.
I am glad to say the problem has been solved.

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November 20, 20060 found this helpful

Go to the website formally and type in wallpaper and see what comes up for you to do research with. If that doesn't work,have no clue what to tell you,unless you check with a local antique dealer. Good luck

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January 31, 2015

We are papering over an embossed wallpaper. We have put a lining paper on, but the joins are showing through. We cannot take embossed paper off, as the old house plaster will come off with it. Please help.

By S. Whylie from England


August 23, 20200 found this helpful

Try a thin layer of sheet rock mud. Skimming over the surface with it. Could also apply 1/4" sheetrock or paneling. Good luck

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January 30, 2015

Our Trophy Park model trailer has wallpaper falling off and I see what looks like wood behind the wallpaper. Can I remove the rest of the wallpaper and put up new paper over the existing wood?

By Chris


February 1, 20150 found this helpful

I don't see why not. If the wallpaper is falling off, it should be easy to take it down. However, you should inquire at the store where you get the wallpaper for information about how to apply wallpaper over the wallboard in your home. Some types may have a waxy or oily finish that you need to deal with before you apply the wallpaper. I suspect the previous "decorators" didn't do this, and that is why the present wallpaper is falling off. I personally don't know what it is that you swab the wall down with, but perhaps someone else on this site will.

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July 23, 2012

Will it work in the guest bathroom?

By Mary Ann


July 25, 20120 found this helpful

I have a brown paper border in my small bathroom (with no vent). I used brown wrapping paper because I wanted a continuous strip. I ~framed~ the border with 1~x 1~ square wood trim. I coated the paper with poly urethane. It's been in there for at least 5 to 6 years & has held up perfectly.

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August 24, 2011

Wallpaper can be very difficult to remove throughly, especially if there is more then one layer of it. Painting over old wallpaper is sometimes the best option. This is a page about painting over wallpaper.

Painting Over Wallpaper, Vintage Peeling Wallaper

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August 19, 2011

This is a page about removing wallpaper that has been painted. Whether you did the deed yourself or inherited wallpaper that has been painted over, you have a chore before you.

Removing Wallpaper That Has Been Painted, Gloved hand scraping off wallpaper.

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July 16, 2018

This page contains wallpaper color advice. If you are looking to add wallpaper to a room, it can be hard to decide on the color and pattern. If you are looking for wallpaper color advice, this is a great place to get other people's feedback.

Tropical leaf wallpaper behind bed.

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May 27, 2014

This is a page about removing dried paint from wallpaper. It is easy to accidentally get paint on your wallpaper when repainting the ceiling or trim.

Wallpapered Walls

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March 12, 2014

This is a page about wallpapering around archway. Applying wallpaper around an archway can be tricky, especially if there is no trim wood to cover the edges.

Wallpaper Around Archway

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June 18, 2013

This is a page about wallpapering over wood paneling. One possible way to cover dated wall paneling is to apply wallpaper.

Wallpaper installed over wood paneling.

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If you are putting up a wallpaper border, don't cut it straight. Cut in and out following the pattern. When it is up, you will not be able to see joints.

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