Average Labour Cost/Price of Hanging Lining Paper

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does it Cost To Hang Lining Paper?

lining paper

You want a 15’x12’ (4.5m x 3.6m) bedroom ceiling repapered and emulsioned. There is painted lining/woodchip up there which has to come off first and the ceiling also has a few cracks etc. to be filled and sanded. It’s your only bedroom so you will be sleeping in there.

Everything has to be covered including the carpet because of the condensation. The job will take 2.5 days because all the covers will have to come off overnight, the room cleaned and the whole process repeated next day.

Day 1
Get you out of bed, cover everything, start stripping. This can take forever, you just don’t know, so he will obviously assume the worst case scenario when quoting. Then he will have to fill and sand etc. that has to dry overnight and be given a final sanding in the morning. Then he clears up.

Day 2
Just chuck the covers over you this time, cloth everything out, sand down and hang the paper. He’ll have this done by lunchtime easily but he’ll charge for the day because it’ll take two hours to clean up again afterwards.

Day 3
Cover everything, 2 coats of emulsion, clean up. Half a day!

Materials £30, Labour £375

Job 2
Same job in an empty room, with no carpets.

Materials £30, 2 days labour £300

Job 3
Same room but the walls this time. There are about 5 layers of paper already on the walls which will all have to come off, the walls will need preparing with filler which then needs sanding down, then lining, then papering We will assume no plaster comes off with the paper, but if it does you can have a look at our
plastering information if you like, it’s chock full of really depressing information. No forget it…. that impersonation of an ostrich you do, it’s really very good.

You will be supplying both types of paper. This will take 1 man 4 days.

Day 1
Steam off the paper.

Day 2
(Finish steaming) make good the walls.

Day 3
Line the walls

Day 4
Hang the paper.

Materials £25, labour £600,

If you want him to remove all the furniture and carpet and put it all back he will have to bring a mate along twice, so add an extra

(That’s if he can lay carpets).

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Wallpaperingl

Lining Paper

Walls and ceilings, even if they are going to be painted eventually, look a lot better if they are papered first. I’m talking lining paper here, which is totally blank and “smooth”. Actually, it’s not completely smooth and this is deliberate, it has a very slight texture which seriously improves the effect of the otherwise hard, flat “institutionalised” look painted surfaces can otherwise have.

Exceptions are the
bathroom and kitchen and especially the ceilings. They get a lot of condensation and if this finds its way under the paper it will slowly begin to peel off. Paper can also harbour mould. Moulds just love to fester in dark wet places. They seek out the “space” between the paper and the surface. Maybe, if you don’t live with the windows open, or don’t have a good extractor fan (which helps stop condensation), you should just paint these two ceilings without the paper. BUT only use “eggshell” which is oil based, don’t even think about emulsion paint. Generally you can paper and emulsion kitchen walls but if you want to paper and paint the bathroom walls use eggshell.

Lining paper comes in grades. From 600 grade which is like wet toilet paper when it’s pasted and falls apart in your hands, to 1500 grade which is wonderful stuff, goes on a treat and masks quite a lot of otherwise poor surfaces.

Surface preparation is
everything when applying either wallpaper or paint. It is a complete fallacy that “it won’t show when its been painted”. Quite the opposite is always the case. Paper however (particularly woodchip and other similarly random textured stuff), will mask rather a lot of cracks and unevenness. Don’t forget though, every time anyone over 3 years old sees woodchip, they always wonder what you’re trying to hide!

The only
textured ceiling paper which is really acceptable is the sort of “mock fancy plaster lacework” paper which looks very interesting in the right (old) house. The only textured wallpaper that won’t leave the local kindergarten laughing at you is “anaglypta”.
This is usually hung underneath “dado” rails.

Lining paper is for painting over, so it doesn’t matter if it gets finger or paste marks all over it while hanging. The chap can even leave a very slight gap (1.5 mm) between each sheet, which makes hanging so much easier. (Each sheet is called a “drop” even on the ceiling, where in unpractised hands it can easily live up to its name). Two coats of emulsion paint will easily cover this gap in the end.

Patterned Paper

There are 2 types, normal and vinyl - which is washable. Both types needs a lot more care, not least in keeping them from getting covered in paste (on the front of course). The pattern, particularly, has to be taken into account when hanging. Unlike blank lining paper, patterned stuff can’t just be cut and hung, It all has to line up with it’s neighbour. With “large patterns”, which don’t repeat themselves very often, this can mean quite a lot of paper has to be discarded from each “drop” in order for a match to be achieved. These off cuts can mount up and could lead to an extra couple of rolls being bought.

When hanging
patterned paper on a newly plastered wall, it’s good practice to hang lining paper first. As with painting, this gives the patterned paper on top a depth AND it removes any depressions etc. which might show through the thinner patterned stuff. In this case the lining paper is usually hung horizontally in order to remove the slight possibility of the joints of each “coat” lining up.

Questions to ask the decorator during his quotation visit.

Does the wall need priming first?
Make sure that surfaces are primed before papering. With a newly plastered surface this means slapping a “coat” of very much diluted ordinary wallpaper paste on the ceiling/wall and letting it dry, (it won’t take long). The surface should then be primed again (with the thicker dilution suggested on the paste packet), immediately before hanging the paper, this makes it slip all over the wall/ceiling which is just what you want it to do until it’s positioned perfectly.

If you are “doing” the bathroom or kitchen ceiling which ultimately will be painted, do you really want it to be lined? You will get the “flat” effect but not the possible eventual peeling.

Does the old paper need to come off, or can you just paper over what’s there?
On the ceiling yes it does! On the walls, take it off if there’s vinyl paper already there or if there are more than two layers of any type, already there.

What protection does he use?
Will he be covering your £3000 Axminster with a waterproof sheet?
If he’s stripping wallpaper he’ll be using a steamer. Steam condenses and drips everywhere and also lots of newly moistened old paste rises from the dead to seek out and “leech” to anything it can find that’s remotely wholesome! He should really tape the cover to the
skirting board and guess what, this will bring some paint off them on removal.

By the way, if the house is
really old (200 years) the paste will have arsenic in it! I suggest an annoying little mask is worn in this case. Napoleon died from “wallpaper inhalation”. Apparently, there was nothing else to do on St Helena all day!
Now….. not a lot of people know THAT.

Will he be lining the walls prior to hanging the wallpaper?
Ask this just to see his reaction really. He should respond by either saying “of course” or telling you that your walls are so perfect that they don’t need it, or that your new wallpaper is vinyl and therefore has its own lining.

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