Hanging Border

Hanging a wallpaper border is an easy project that can give any room a whole new look.

1. If you’re painting the room, do it a week in advance, so the paint will be completely dry and the border will adhere. If you aren’t painting, just make sure the walls are clean and smooth. Mark a guideline around the perimeter.

2. Roll the border so it’s paste side out. You’ll want to make sure that it isn’t a tight roll so you can get all of the paste wet.

3. Put the roll into a tray of water for 15 to 30 seconds. You’ll want to make sure that your tray is deep enough to cover the entire roll.

4. Remove the border from the tray and slowly fold it paste sides together into a book or accordion. When it is all folded, let it sit for a minute or two.

5. Start in an inconspicuous spot like behind the door. Just smooth the border onto the wall with a damp sponge. Make sure you get rid of bubbles as you go.

6. When a section is up, all you have left to do is clean it with a fresh sponge to get rid of any paste residue.

Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.