How To Apply Self Adhesive Wallpaper


So you've just bought yourself some fantastic marble wallpaper or perhaps you're just curious on how to install it? Well in this guide, we'll go through all the necessary you'll need to take in order to apply your new self adhesive wallpaper and transform your living space as a result.

1. Prepare The Surface

man cleaning his wall


Before you begin to measure, make sure that you clean your surface thoroughly and then drying it afterwards to avoid bubbles in your paper. We recommend using kitchen or floor wipes to clean your surface.

  • Remove any nails/ screws and fill in any cracks.
  • If the wall has any rough areas, be sure to sand them down until smooth.
  • If your wall is newly painted, it’s best to wait at least 4 weeks for the surface to fully cure.

Remember: we recommend only applying your wallpaper to smooth surfaces in order for the self adhesive to stick well and for a smooth finish.

2. Measure and Cut

Measure the width of your peel-and-stick wallpaper, then transfer that measurement to your wall or any other surface with a pencil. Use a straightedge and level to draw a line from the ceiling to the baseboard (or the length of the area you'd like the cover) along your marks. This guide will help you apply the first strip of wallpaper in a straight line.

3. Peel back the adhesive

Peel off about 12 inches of the adhesive backing and line the wallpaper up with your lines, starting from the ceiling. Moving from top to bottom, press and smooth the wallpaper against the wall, peeling off the remaining backing as you go. Using downward strokes, run a plastic smoothing tool ($8, The Home Depot) along the wall to remove air bubbles. Once the entire piece is adhered to the wall, use your straightedge and a small utility knife to carefully cut along the baseboard and remove any excess.


4. Place the wallpaper

When applying subsequent pieces, take care to line up the wallpaper's pattern to ensure a seamless look. Overlap the second piece slightly with the first and run the smoothing tool along the seam to make it lay as flat as possible. Trim at the bottom as needed and repeat to cover the entire surface.

Smooth over with a wallpaper smoother to ensure no air bubbles remain underneath. 

If you encounter a window, door frame, or outlet, let the wallpaper overlap it. Once the piece is applied, use a straightedge and utility knife to trim around the obstacle and remove the excess. Smooth the paper against the wall around all sides of the outlet or window. For electrical outlets and switch plates, ensure the power is still turned off and use a utility knife to carefully cut away the paper over the opening. Don't worry about rough edges around the hole; the outlet cover or switch plate will hide most imperfections. You can also apply paper to flat plates for a seamless look.


5. Cut Off Any Excess Wallpaper

Now that you have applied your wallpaper and heated the edges, be sure to cut off any excess wallpaper left over. Our selection of wallpaper cutters are your perfect tool for the final stage of installation.

6. Heat The Edge

Now that you have pasted the wallpaper and removed any excess, heat the edge with a blow dryer or similar device to cement the paper at the edges and prevent them from splitting open.

So just to recap, when applying new marble wallpaper remember to:

  1. Prepare the surface
  2. Measure the surface
  3. Peel back the adhesive
  4. Apply the wallpaper
  5. Heat the edges
  6. Cut off any excess

How to install the wallpaper

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