Keepin’ It Clean with Wax Paper

Digital ImageThe mottled brown wallpaper I am installing is going on an accent wall in a bedroom in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston. The other three walls are painted a strong gold color.

The back of the wallpaper has paste on it, and I don’t want to get paste smeared on the newly painted wall. Sure, I could wipe it off, but it’s better to not get paste on paint – especially flat paint – if possible, because it can leave a stain, or even cause the paint to crackle.

So I used the Waxed Paper Trick. After the paper was pasted, I took some narrow strips of waxed paper and ran them along the edge of the wallpaper that was to end at the painted wall. I trimmed in the corner as usual, then removed the remnant of wallpaper, along with the waxed paper.

Voilà! The wallpaper fit into the corner perfectly, and no paste got on the wall!

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