How To Paint Over Wallpaper

How To Paint Over Wallpaper

While wallpapers give any room a bright and unique look, replacing them might be expensive, especially if you are not prepared for the expense at that point of time. Wallpapers are also often used to hide uneven surfaces of walls, holes or marks left by damp conditions. So even though you might be able to spare some cash, removing the wallpaper and getting your room painted freshly might not be an option in hand. Try painting the walls over the wallpaper for an easy yet less fussy affair. Below are a list of things you will need and the steps you need to follow if you want to give your rooms a hassle free new look.

Things Needed for Painting Walls over Existing Wallpaper

Following is a list of things you need to buy for painting the wallpapered wall:

  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
  • Oil-based primer/sealer
  • Oil-based paint
  • Paintbrush and roller
  • Bucket
  • Sponge

Steps To Follow For Painting Wallpapered Walls

Follow the steps in the order specified and be surprised with the new look of your rooms.

  1. As you must know, the surface you want to paint needs to be prepared before you put the colors on it. In case of walls with wallpaper, you might need to cover sections of torn wallpaper with other pieces of paper to give it a plain surface which is essential for the paint to set properly.
  2. Clean the walls with trisodium phosphate also known as TSP. It is a strong chemical which must be diluted with water. Mix half cup of TSP with two gallons of water. Be careful while working with it, so you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the bottle and keep the room well-ventilated. It should be applied with a sponge. You can also use an extra paintbrush. Once dry, remove the chemical from the wall surface and use the right amount of water.
  3. Now coat the wall with a combination primer-sealer. This will help you in future by preventing the painting from chipping at the most vulnerable places of the wallpaper that is the joints. It also provides a good base for the paint to hold on to. Also, an oil-based primer would be better for the hold than a water-based one.
  4. You are now ready to start painting your walls. Start with a paintbrush to give a sharper effect to the corners and the edges and the roller to paint the rest of the surface. Give a few coats of the color. However, the first coat of the color should dry completely before you apply the next. Don’t hurry lest you want to regret it for the coming year or so.

You can also opt for sanding the wall which will give an even better final look to the wall. Get this done a day before you apply the final coat of the paint. Once you’re done, take a step back and admire the new found beauty. Maybe click a family photo in front of it?

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