The Do's and Don'ts of Painting Over Wallpaper
Sick of your old wallpaper pattern, and wishing your walls were painted instead?
Well, it can be!
Painting over wallpaper is a quick fix for your wall colour woes. But first, you'll need some information and tips to ensure that you get the job done properly.
Read on to discover the do's and don'ts of painting over wallpaper.
Where to Start
Here's everything you need to know about painting over wallpaper to get started.
What You'll Need
Here's what you'll need to paint your walls:
How to Prep
As tempting as it may be, don't start right in with the paint brush. Go through these easy steps first:
Survey your walls and fix any damaged wallpaper. Make sure that you add enough adhesive so that your wallpaper will not peel.
Add a thin line of caulk around the edges of the wall where it meets the ceiling and floor.
Attach tape to the baseboard.
Put your drop cloth on the floor to protect it.
Sand any wallpaper edges smooth.
What's Next? Here's what to do and what not to do next when painting over wallpaper.
Apply the Primer
Make sure that the walls are clean and smooth before applying the primer. Apply evenly over the entire surface of the walls you are painting.
Make Necessary Repairs
Once the primer is dry, imperfections in the wall will reveal themselves.
Use your drywall compound to fix these imperfections, it can also be used to seal the seams in between sheets of wallpaper.
Once the drywall compound is dry, sand it until it's smooth and even.
Put primer over these freshly sanded areas and let it dry.
Time to Paint
Now it's time for the fun part- painting! Here's everything you need to know about performing this specific kind of interior painting.
Use your brush to go around the edges of the walls first, and then the trim. Long strokes in a vertical direction will give you the best results in these sections.
Then, use long, even strokes with a roller for the rest of the wall.
Apply a second coat if needed, and voila! You'll have a perfectly painted wall.
Fill in about six inches from the sides when painting the edges and trim.
Paint a second coat starting with the edges first, and work your way in.
Painting over Wallpaper Is a Breeze Now!
If you use these do's and don'ts to guide you, you'll have beautifully painted walls in no time.
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