Re: wallpapering: external corners and window reveals how?

Discussion in 'UK DIY' started by sm_jamieson, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. sm_jamieson

    sm_jamieson Guest

    On 12 Aug, 15:37, Fred <> wrote:
    > Hello,
    > I am about to wallpaper a room. I've papered rectangular rooms with
    > four walls before and done all right but this time I have got to
    > tackle an external corner. What's the correct way to do this?
    > If I take the roll and wrap it around the corner, if the wall isn't
    > completely true then won't the roll then be at an angle?
    > If I tackle it as I would an internal corner and take the roll around
    > the corner just a centimetre or so and then paper over the overlap,
    > wouldn't this leave an ugly join on display?
    > Which brings me to my second question: what is the correct way to do
    > window reveals? In a way these are small scale external corners. I
    > usually try to fold the roll around the corner and into the reveal but
    > you can only fold it one way: either into the side of the window or
    > into the top. Whichever one is left has a visible join.
    > When (or if) you fit curtains I suppose this would hide a vertical
    > join, so is it best to fold into the top of the reveal and have the
    > join along the side?
    > TIA

    My house has a lot of probably original papering, or from the days
    when apprentices learned the skills. They way they did corners,
    reveals, etc is genius. I have a bit where most of an external corner
    is rounded off but goes to a sharp corner at the skirting and picture
    rails. You really cannot see any joins at all - it looks like a
    continuous film of paper. They somehow even matched the pattern.
    I believe the methods involved stretching the paper (!), cutting
    pieces in and tearing the paper to almost feather the join.

    Anyway, on external corners lap around about an inch. Then either
    overlap so it doesn't cast a shadow, or overlap and then run a very
    sharp knife / scalpel through both layers and remove the detached
    pieces to create a seamless join (you have to lift one side).
    Also key is soaking the paper for the right length of time so the
    paper does not shrink as it dries and pull the joins apart.
    I'm not sure if I could reproduce the papering to the same standard in
    my house if I wanted to.

    sm_jamieson, Aug 12, 2010
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