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Family Handyman Vintage Project from 1983: How to Hang Wallpaper

Family Handyman has always taken great pride in teaching readers to DIY through step-by-step projects. To celebrate our 70th anniversary, here's a look back at this vintage wallpaper project.

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1983 How To Hang Wallpaper Without a Wrinkle Project

Family Handyman first launched in 1951, so 2021 marks our 70th anniversary. We’re celebrating with some of our favorite content from over the years. This vintage wallpaper hanging project ran in our October 1983 issue.

“Hanging wallpaper can be one of the most frustrating do-it-yourself activities,” it reads. “If you never seem to quite get it right, review the basic steps described here.

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Hanging Wallpaper Basics

Anyone can put up wallpaper, but it takes a little know-how to hang it straight and with tight, nearly invisible seams. Learn these wallpapering basics in the image above to do the job right.

Check out these things everyone had in their house in the ’80s.

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Patching Damaged Wallcovering

Save extra wallcovering in case you need to patch a section of wallpaper in the future. To patch, “cut a scrap piece a couple of inches bigger than the damaged area.”

Plus, here’s how to hang prepasted wallpaper.

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Cutting Around Outlets

“Paper right over outlets, and then carefully make two diagonal cuts from outlet corner to corner. Be careful not to touch one of the exposed terminals. Trim away the excess.”

Plus, check out these ’80s decor trends that are back in a big way.

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Wallpaper Tips From an Expert

Check out the wallpapering tips in the clip above from expert paper hanger Karen Nyman to help make your job run smoothly.

For more amazing vintage Family Handyman content, visit our 70th Anniversary Page.