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DIY - Painting Over Wallpaper

 DIY - Painting Over Wallpaper


It is possible to paint over wallpaper.  It is probably even cheaper and less time consuming than taking off wallpaper and then painting the walls.  This is because 9 out of 10 times you will find wall damage after the wallpaper is removed. 

There could be layers of wallpaper under the first layer, and removing all that old glue from the wall can damage it.  Or the wallpaper was installed to hide wall imperfections in the first place.  Prepare wallpapered walls for painting correctly and you will have a fresh, smooth, great looking walls.

Start by removing any completely loose edges of the wallpaper.  Edges are especially loose by the seams.  Glue down slightly loose edges of the wallpaper back to the wall using wallpaper glue

Using spackling paste (or compound) and a taping knife, fill in the areas where pieces of loose wallpaper were removed.  Put a thin coat of spackle in those areas.  If your wallpaper is textured, put a thin coat of spackle over the textured areas of the wallpaper.

After the spackle dries, take a sand sponge and lightly sand down those areas.  You might have to repeat this process of spackling and sanding a second time to get a completely smooth wall.

Use caulk to seal the ceiling and floor lines, trims, and also along the seams of the wallpaper.  This will ensure that the wallpaper's edges are sealed in and will prevent further peeling. 

After the walls have been prepared for paint, cover them with two coats of primer.  If you see more imperfections or uneven areas after the first coat, spackle and sand those areas one more time.  Then prime a second time.  It's best to use oil-based primer for this purpose.  Water based primer can moisten up the wallpaper further, causing it to peel or bubble up.

Now you are ready to paint the walls with the color (or colors) of your choice.  It's best to paint the walls with two coats of paint.  Flat or eggshell finish will hide imperfections of the walls.  Glossy paints make wall imperfections more visible. 

If you are still not happy with the surface of the walls after all this work, you can sponge paint them or use faux paint effects.  If you need help painting over wallpaper, perfect the smoothness of your walls, remove wallpaper, or just paint, please contact us here at Amazing Home Decorating.  Just call us at the number in the upper right corner.  We'll be glad to help you redecorate your home.

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