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What to consider when: Finishing a wallpapering job

18.09.15 | Darryl Husler

What to consider when: Finishing a wallpapering job

Finishing a project is just as important as doing it or making the decision to do it. Therefore in this guide, we will give you some pointers to think about when it comes to nearing the end of your wallpapering projects.

*The last few bits.

When you see the end is in sight (and especially if the job has been difficult or tedious) it is all too easy to rush or cut corners on the final parts of the job. This should be avoided mainly because:

1) A perfect rest of the room against an imperfect area will show up immediately and be blaringly obvious.

2) Your hard work up till now will be spoilt. Think about the final furlong principle. It can be the most difficult, yet most rewarding.


* Tool maintenance.

Any good tradesperson will tell you that their tools are the most important part of the job. Therefore after the job is complete spending time cleaning them is a good idea and will pay you in the long run.

After wallpapering, instruments are likely to be full of paste, gunge, while cloths will have become dirty and scissors become blunt.

Whilst this will take extra time, you will actually save yourself time because the items will be ready straight away for their next use (rather than the potential for capped on dirt) and also you reduce the risk of a deterioration in quality of the items.

Rusty Paintbrush

Above: Something to avoid – a rusty paste brush.

* A general clean around and finishing aid.

Remember aswell as the tools, the area you are working in is likely to need some assistance also. Cleaning down doors or skirting boards are perhaps some of the things that can be considered. When it comes to finishing a wallpapering job there are certain tips you can adopt which will aid the return of the room to normal. E.g.

1) Opening windows to let in fresh air.

2) Heating the room (gently) to help paste dry out.


* Have a tally up.

Many jobs sadly don’t run on or under budget. Once you have completed, sitting down with a pen/paper and adding up the total spend can save you further time (and stress.) It can potentially give you an idea of how much money you may need to find, plus gives you a better indication of what the size and scale of a project similar to this might cost in the future, thus helping with planning better.


*’Dress’ the room.

By this we mean add back your furniture, couches, beds etc. You might take this as an ideal opportunity to buy new items or simply have a re-arrange or de-clutter.


This is the bit that people often forget to do! Once any change has been made, it doesn’t take long for the eyes and the mind to adjust to it and accept it as normality. Within a few days you might even ‘forget’ you are sitting in a newly decorated room. After finishing the job, purposely take time to stop, take stock and admire your work. Experience the freshness of a new design and satisfaction of a completed project.

Finished Wall