Is Painting Over Wallpaper an Option?

removing wallpaper Is Painting Over Wallpaper an Option?
The DIY Maven shares her opinions about wallpaper!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; wallpaper should be outlawed. It’s not that there aren’t some lovely patterns out there (the new Jonathan Adler designs are to die for!) however, when you start to hate it, and chances are very high you will eventually start to hate it, you’re going to have to either remove it or put something over it.


Taking it down is a pain and you never know what kind of hell you’re going to find behind it. In one house we owned we removed a very hideous green stripped paper using a steamer.
As things got soggy, a part of the wall started to disintegrate. It turned out a previous homeowner had patched a very large hole with drywall mud, versus patching it with drywall. Knowing what lay in wait, we might have been better off painting the wallpaper.
I’ve seen it done on a variety of those TV home make over shows, and it seems to work in some cases. According to painterclick.com, with some preparation, painting wallpaper is a viable alternative.
The process, according to them, includes ‘repairing damaged areas, applying joint compound, sanding, drying, applying sealant (for dark colored wallpapers)’ and then painting. For the full tutorial, visit PainterClick.

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Bob

    !!!!!