How to Install Spoonflower Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper

We recommend hiring a wallpaper professional to install your Non-Pasted Traditional Pebble Wallpaper. However, if you choose to do it yourself we have used the following steps for a successful installation.

    1. Begin by inspecting and preparing the walls where the paper will be installed.
      • Fill holes and sand any rough areas
      • Remove outlet and switch covers
      • Prime the walls if necessary and let dry completely. Priming will neutralize the existing wall color and help the wallpaper glue to adhere.
      • Clean and wipe down the walls
    2. Gather your installation materials.
      • Level with straightedge or laser level
      • Pre-mixed wallpaper paste
      • Paste brush or napped roller
      • Wallpaper smoothing brush
      • Ladder
      • Putty Knife (6” metal works best)
      • Snap-blade knife or utility knife with extra blades
      • Pencil or tape
      • Drop cloth or tarp
      • Bucket of clean water
      • Clean table/workspace
    3. Lay a dropcloth or tarp down in your workspace to protect the floor from glue and water.
    4. We recommend that you begin installation in the least conspicuous portion of the room, usually over the entry doorway.
    5. Use a plumb bob (weight on a string), a level, or a laser level to tape or draw a light vertical level line where you plan to begin install. You may want to check for level consistently throughout install.
    6. Unroll and cut down the first panel of paper. Cut the panel approximately 4” longer than the height of your wall to allow room for trimming and adjustment.
    7. Lay the first panel face-down on your flat clean work area. Apply an even coat of pre-mixed wallpaper paste to the entire surface. Take care to roll or brush away from the center towards the edges to avoid build-up on the front edges of the paper.
    8. Lightly fold the top and bottom of the panel over itself to meet in the center so all pasted areas are covered, take care not to crease the paper. This is called ‘booking’. Book the paper by letting it sit folded for approximately 10-12 minutes.
    9. Once the paper is booked, you can begin install. Unfold the top half of the booked panel and place it against the top of the wall with a small overlap onto the ceiling. Make sure the edge of the paper aligns with your level line before smoothing the top portion of the panel onto the wall, working from the top down and the center out.
    10. Gently push the paper into the top corner where the ceiling meets the wall. Then, place the putty knife against the corner and use it as a guide to cut the top of the wallpaper panel off, flush with the ceiling. Move the putty knife to continue using it as a guide, but take care not to lift your cutting knife.
    11. Continue working from the top down, smoothing from the center out to the edges using your wallpaper smoother or smoothing brush to work out air bubbles. Unbook the bottom half of the paper and continue smoothing down the full panel.
    12. Finish and cut the bottom portion of the paper as you did the top, in step 10.
    13. Wipe excess paste away from the panel with clean water and a natural sponge. Dry with a clean cloth.
    14. Before cutting the second panel, hold paper up to the wall to ensure you have enough paper to match the installed panel. Then, following steps above, overlap second panel over first panel by approximately 1”, taking care to ensure the panel is level and that the pattern repeat aligns.
    15. If desired, you can double cut your wallpaper after applying each panel.
    16. To double cut: locate the center of the overlap and, using a long ruler and a sharp cutting blade, cut in the center of the overlap lengthwise on the wall. Take care not to score the wall behind the paper. Pull away the ½” excess from both panel edges.
    17. Continue until all panels are installed.
    18. The final panel may not perfectly align with first panel. Use the double cutting method to make this final seam less noticeable where possible.