How to professionally paint over wallpaper

Painting Supplies, Paint Equipment

At Port Paint & Paper in Port Colborne, Ontario, our experts are here to help you transform any space into the room of your dreams!  

Wallpaper is back and better than ever. However, it’s not for everyone. Many do- it-yourselfers think that the only way to paint a wallpapered wall, is to first remove the paper, but this is not necessarily true.

In fact, if you don’t have the proper equipment or the experience for wallpaper removal, you actually end up damaging the walls and create more work for yourself. If the wallpaper is in good condition, painting over it is possible with the right technique, tools and supplies. Here’s how:

1.    Prep

The first step is to remove all furniture, pictures, paintings, and electrical fixtures. Remove the electrical outlet and light switch covers. Spread a drop cloth over the floor at the base of the wall and wipe down the wall to remove any dust.

2.    Inspect

Thoroughly examine the surface of the wall and apply wallpaper seam glue to all edges and seams that may be lifting. Allow these areas to dry completely. Apply spackle over the seams and any holes in the wall where nails or wall hangers were removed. When the spackle is dry, sand the areas smooth with a sanding sponge and wipe with a damp cloth.

3.    Prime and paint

 Apply a coat of oil-based primer, using a paintbrush around the edges and a roller for the larger areas. After the primer dries, step back and inspect the wall. If you can still see the wallpaper print through the primer, apply a second coat and allow the wall to dry for 24 hours.

Next, using an oil-based paint, start at the top corner and work in small 3-by-3-foot sections. Slightly overlap each new section with your roller to blend in the paint. Continue until the wall is completely covered. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat. It’s that easy!

At Port Paint & Paper we have the right tools and supplies for all of your home decorating projects. Visit us today at 209 King Street in Port Colborne, Ontario.

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