Sunday, February 4, 2007

How to handle wallpaper at doorway?

Question for Jerry:

I recently had a room wallpapered, and am now trying to figure out how to handle a doorway that goes from the wallpapered room into another. Currently, the wallpaper just ends right at the edge of the doorway, but already, the edge is starting to peel up some.

The previous wallpaper had one of those common plastic corner things over it, but I would like to avoid doing that again, since I think it looks ugly. I'm considering putting some molding around the door, but I'm trying to think if I have seen that anywhere before. Any input on this?

If I do put the molding around the door, should I just put it over the top of the paper, or do I want to try and cut the paper back a little bit?

If the passageway is in a heavy traffic area I would recommend installing wood or plastic trim right over the paper. If the passageway is not in a heavily traveled area you may want to try trimming the paper back first by holding a razor knife at a 45 degree angle in an attempt to take the exposed edge of the paper and moving it behind the outside corner of the doorway. You can always try this first and if it doesn't hold up to the traffic you can then install the trim.

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