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After owning the same house for more than 20 years, it came time to decide whether to sell the home or fix it up. And after weeks of contemplation, I realized that I just was not ready to close the door on all the memories held in the home. But I also didn't want to live in a shabby old house anymore. So, I decided to do get involved with some restoration projects – the kitchen, bathrooms, and living room were all updated, as well as the roof. I also redesigned the entire property's landscape to give it a brand new look. Now that everything is complete, I miss the process! So, I thought I would relive some of my favorite projects by sharing ideas, tips, and tricks for renovation that might interest you. Hopefully you'll find the things I have to share inspiring and encouraging.

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Remove And Replace A Section Of Wallpaper That Was Damaged By Water

by Jonathan Lucas

If a section of wallpaper on one of your bedroom's walls has been damaged from water, as a result of a leaky rooftop that was recently replaced with new roofing materials, remove the damaged section of paper and replace it with the steps below. Once you have finished the repair, your bedroom's walls will have a uniform appearance.

Materials

  • measuring tape 
  • marker
  • utility knife
  • putty knife
  • damp sponge with abrasive surface
  • bucket of warm, soapy water
  • electric heater
  • wallpaper
  • scissors
  • wallpaper adhesive
  • paintbrush or foam brush 
  • seam roller

Remove The Damaged Paper, Clean And Dry The Wall

Inspect the wall that has paper with visible signs of water damage. Use a ruler and marker to outline the damaged portion and assist with keeping the sides of the marked section as straight as possible. Cut through the damaged paper with a utility knife. Scrape away dry wallpaper adhesive that remains on the wall with a putty knife. If you cannot remove all of the adhesive in this manner, dip a sponge with an abrasive surface into a bucket of warm, soapy water and move the cleaning tool over the dry adhesive.

Once the wall is clean, dry its surface by aiming an electric heater towards it. The amount of time that the wall will take to dry will depend on how much moisture has penetrated.

Measure, Cut, And Apply The Replacement Piece Of Wallpaper

Purchase a roll of wallpaper that matches the pattern of the original layer. Use a ruler and marker to mark the section that will be used to cover the bare section on the wall. Cut the paper and apply an even coat of wallpaper adhesive to the back of it with a paintbrush or foam brush. Line up the wallpaper so that its edges are adjacent with the surrounding wallpaper. Press the paper firmly against the wall for a couple minutes.

Smooth out the edges of the paper by moving a seam roller over them in straight lines. A seam roller is a tool that will help flatten the wallpaper and eliminate any wrinkles from it. The roller will also assist with blending the edges of the replacement piece of paper with the other paper that is on the wall. Once the adhesive dries, the wall will be restored to the condition it was in before water damage occurred.

If you ever encounter any other type of damage in the future that involves large amounts of water and are unable to make repairs on your own, call a licensed water damage restoration company like Arkansas Restoration Services Inc for the assistance that is needed. 

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