Tips For Painting Over Wallpaper
After years of living in your home, you might want to
change the way it looks. Over time, people get bored with
their environment and because of this you may want to make
a few changes in your surroundings. To do this, you can
consider starting by getting rid of your old wallpaper.
However, if you removed wallpaper before, you know how
difficult it is to remove it. Even with the chemicals
advertised on TV doesn’t work as well as it is supposed to
be. It is a fact that stripping down wallpaper is a very
hard task to do. Even a small room can take you days or
even weeks just to remove the wallpaper. So, how can you
change the look of your room without going through the
laborious process of stripping down your old wallpaper
first and painting new color for your room?
To do this, you can simply paint over your old wallpaper.
Although painting over your wallpaper can still require
you to work a little harder, it is not as hard as peeling
off your old wallpaper first before painting. Old
wallpapers tend to peel and will have some damaged areas,
such as peeled off parts, ripped parts and parts where it
came loose and have air bubbles. You first need to deal
with these damages by repairing it. By not repairing it,
you will notice that there will be uneven parts that can
be very ugly to look at. What you want is a great looking
wall where there are no signs of wallpaper under the
So, the first thing you need to do is repair the damaged
areas. You can glue any of the loose section. However, if
a particular section of your wallpaper has a lot of damage
and one that is considered to be irreparable, you have to
strip down this wallpaper section. But if the wallpaper
section only contains minimal damages, you may want to
repair it rather than stripping it down or peel it off.
The next step is by mixing some joint compound and
applying it on the seams. This will provide a great fix
for peeled off wallpapers and will prevent the wallpapers
from getting peeled off again.
There are also some textured wallpapers. If you have
textured wallpaper installed, you should apply the joint
compound mixture on the whole wall. Let the joint compound
dry and the next step is to get rid of the rough surface
by sanding it.
It is also very important to consider what color your old
wallpaper has. If it is light in color, you can paint on
your wallpaper immediately. However, if you have dark
colored wallpaper, you first need to apply a sealer. This
will keep the wallpaper color from getting visible through
The next step is painting. Choose high quality house
paints, prepare the room for painting by taping windows,
putting some old newspapers on the floor to prevent
getting any paint on the floor and on your windows.
As you can see, it is quite simple to paint over your
existing wallpapers. You don’t need to peel off your
wallpaper first, you just need to remember the few easy
steps, which are:
Repairing damaged areas
Applying joint compound
Applying sealant (For dark colored wallpapers)
These are the tips you should remember if you want to
paint over your old wallpaper. Home improvement is easier
by following these few easy tips.
Painting tips & tricks of
When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you
have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.
When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V
to save strokes and spread paint more easily.
When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the
bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten
natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a
couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron.
The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is
needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.