You are sick and tired of that old wallpaper covering your whole house? It may be time to wave it goodbye and replace it with paint! But before you jump on the task, there are a few rules to follow.

Ideally, remove the wallpaper

Removing the wallpaper before painting will give you the best painting finish. Start by testing in a corner of the room if the wallpaper can just be peeled away from the surface. If it does not tear the drywall paper that is underneath, you are good to go. Otherwise, you will have to get a steamer to soften the adhesive and be able to remove the wallpaper. You can do that with a scraper or a putty knife, being careful not to scrape the wall underneath.

Most likely, some small stubborn leftovers will remain. To get them off, prepare a mixture of very hot water and tri-sodium phosphate. Use a large sponge and wipe the walls. Once everything came off, rinse the walls with clear water.

Prepare the walls

Once the wallpaper is off, the walls are not ready to be painted just yet. First, spot the rough areas and use sand paper to smooth them out. Then, look for any holes there may be, and fill them. Drywall mud works great for that. Finally, prime the walls with a coat of tinted primer, close to the color of the new paint.

Alternatively, paint over the wallpaper

Removing wallpaper is time-consuming and difficult, and that is why more and more people choose to skip that step altogether. In some cases, removing the wallpaper can even end up damaging the wall. It is the case for example when many layers have been applied on top of each other.

If you decide not to remove the paper, you have to start by preparing it before applying the paint. First, fix all damaged area by adding adhesive to loose pieces. In addition, you can seal the edges to the wall by putting on clear caulk along the joint seams on the floor and the ceiling. This will prevent the wallpaper from falling and peeling once the paint has been applied.

Then, sand the the seams so they do not show as much through the paint. Apply a coat of oil-based primer. You may need another coat of special primer is the wallpaper is heavily textured. Joint compound is a good option in that case.

Once you have done these steps, your walls are ready to be painted! If you need help removing wallpaper or applying your new paint, contact us for tips and information.