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wallpaper paste

Wallpaper paste is easy to make. This wholesome recipe uses flour as a base. This is a variation of the flour glue recipe. The addition of an environmentally friendly solvent keeps it from spoiling and gives it natural pesticidal properties. This traditional recipe was popular with decorators for many years.

wallpaper paste

Mix 250 g (½ lbs) of rye or wheat flour with 1 liter of warm water, blending well with a whisk. Gradually add water until the consistency is thin, smooth and lump-free.

wallpaper paste recipe Warm this liquid mixture over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly. The paste will thicken considerably. Gradually add another liter of warm water, letting the mixture heat up and thicken again after each addition of water. Cover if necessary. Whisk regularly. When the mixture forms thick drops on the whisk, which drip off slowly, the paste is ready. Pour it into a spare container, such as an old pail or salad bowl.

To keep the paste from spoiling and give it pesticidal properties, add 2 dl of an environmentally friendly solvent or essence of turpentine. A solvent is optional if the room is clean and dry. The solvent also speeds up the drying time for the paste. If, for your convenience, you want the paste to dry more slowly, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the recipe.

These two liters of paste are enough to paste three rolls of wallpaper*. To paper a medium-sized room, you will need to make approximately the same amount of paste (unless you have a cooking pot large enough to make one big batch).

flour glue liters When you hang wallpaper with this flour and water paste, you need to coat the wall with paste, as well as the paper.
Here's how:
- Cut the first strip of paper. Remember to add any extra length needed to match up the pattern, if there is one.
- Apply paste abundantly to the back of the paper using a wide paintbrush. Take special care to paste the edges well. Fold into thirds, folding the ends toward the center. Let sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, apply paste to the wall**.
- Unfold the paper and hang it on the wall, using the palm of your hand to press into place. Then smooth with a wallpaper brush, moving from the center outward. Add more paste under the edges as needed. You can also apply some paste over the edges of the paper, on the top side.
- Repeat for the rest of the wall. Line up the edges of each strip of paper or overlap them, as indicated in the manufacturer's instructions.
- Wipe the paper with a damp sponge to remove any paste residue. Let dry.

Ecological wallpaper: Graham & Brown.

* This paste is suitable for hanging standard non-vinyl wallpaper.
** The wall must be smooth, dry, healthy and clean.

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February 2008 [green DIY]
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