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Tips on Staining Wallpaper

If you intend to make your  old wallpaper look fresh or put your own creative stamp on a new wallpaper, the wallpaper stain would be your easy choice, because staining could provide your wallpaper a subtle makeover, although it is noticeable but not overpowering. By doing so, you have a quite a number of ways to stain your wallpaper, you could do it with traditional wood stain, or you could resort to a bath of tea, coffee or even juice mix. However, which way you choose, you had better to follow these tips so as to make sure that your staining project would go smoothly.

1.To test your stain

No matter what type of stain you take, you are suggested to test it out before you apply the stain to your entire wall in order to avoid the results that you are not expecting. When you are going to stain new wallpaper, you had better apply the stain to a tiny area of wallpaper. If you are doing with existing wallpaper, you should apply the stain to an unnoticeable section of the wall. It is a good idea to let the stain to dry and set in for at least 24 hours, so you could make sure that the effects of the shading and coloring are what you are looking for. Some stains can darken or lighten as they dry depending on the conditions in your home and the materials used.

2.To consider your applicator

When you do with staining, it is quite important to choose your applicator carefully, because it could greatly affect the final result of your work. If you are going to go for a  stain made out of coffee, tea or other homemade recipe, the stain might be thin and somewhat uneven. In this caseyou could make advantage of such feature to create more depth to your stain. You could create a pin-stripe design by dragging the brush vertically, or alternate vertical and horizontal brushstrokes for creation of  a cross hatch pattern. By using a rag or sponge applicator, you could make a faded effect with your stain. For a more even wash, mix your stain solution well, and dip your wallpaper into the stain mixture to thoroughly coat the paper.

3.To protect other surfaces

When you have your wallpaper stained, remember to protect the other surfaces in your home. To keep away from accidental stains on your floors from drips or spills, you should lay protective plastic or several layers of newspaper on your floors . By using painter’s tape to create a seal along wall moldings and trim, you could prevent the stain from dripping and soaking into porous surfaces. If there is any portion of your wall that is not wallpapered, cover this area with protective plastic. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands from stains, and wear old clothing or work clothes that won’t be ruined by staining.