First off I would like to say that I am not recommending here a solution to major problems with walls suffering from cracks and damp – these really should be addressed as issues in their own rights and simply pasting over them will never address the problems.

However, if you have a room with older walls where the plaster is rough and showing signs of age – the surfaces are rough and there are places where some plaster has flaked away. In this instance there is an option to removing the plaster and having the room re-plastered (potentially by a specialist) which can add time and cost to a project, the alternative is to use lining paper which can be added to a wall before decorative wallpaper is added.

Tip: The thicker the paper the greater the ability to address roughness in the wall surface.

Lining paper is available in a range of grades, the higher the grade the thicker the lining paper. The 1700 and 2000 grades are at the “thicker end” of the spectrum while the 1000 and 1200 grades are great general use grades for homes.

Tip: As the thickness of the lining paper grade increases it can be more difficult to apply to the walls. For home DIY projects it can be advised to use an intermediate thickness.

Lining paper is used on walls of rough and varying surface texture to provide a smooth surface which can be wallpapered over. Lining paper needs to be soaked before application to the wall so if you have had experience putting up wallpaper then you should be ok with using lining paper.

Tip: For those with less DIY experience or if you’ve had a “wallpaper nightmare” in the past you can get paste-the-wall lining paper which is an easier way of applying the paper directly to a pre-pasted wall.

As well as providing the base to provide a smooth surface onto which you can lay decorative wallpaper, the lining paper can help improve the quality of your decorative finish as the lining paper helps reduce shrinkage in the laid wallpaper and prevent peeling – this is particularly beneficial if you have invested in expensive designer wallpaper, an instance when placing some interior design budget into lining paper can be advisable.

The equipment you’ll need for putting up lining paper will be very similar to those for wallpapering, so in addition to the rolls of paper and the adhesives you will also need a paste brush, scissors/Stanley knife and a wallpapering table will be a big help!

All home decoration projects have costs and if re-plastering is not an option and the wall is suffering from some bumps and irregularities then lining paper can be a great alternative and one which should be able to fit into a well-prepared budget.

This was a Guest Post by CoverYourWall. A UK based company selling thermal liners, lining paper and DIY soundproofing online.

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