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I'm in the process of planning a future reno of my kitchen & breakfast nook. The walls are sheetrock with wall paper. They're also 30+ years old. What's the best thing to do to the walls? Strip and paint? Some type of covering? If stripping to paint, what has to be done to the sheetrock to prepare it for painting? Do you just put compound over the seams or over the entire wall? Thanks.
Posts: 8 | Location: El Dorado Arkansas | Registered: Apr 01, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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It is best to strip the wallpaper and clean the walls for painting. If you are lucky, the walls were prepared properly for wallpaper and they will strip cleanly of the wall paper. If you're unluckly the wallpaper was applied directly to unpainted/unprimed/un-sized drywall. If this unlucky scenario happens you can be in a for a long slog to remove the wallpaper and prepare the walls for painting.

Here is DIY's take on removing wallpaper;

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If you don't want to go through all the trouble of painting and the many problems that this can entail, I would look into using
Wall Stickers. I personally like WallPops because they have some great options and provide a smooth contrast to the paint already on my walls.
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Removing wallpaper isn't as difficult as it seems. Any home improvement store can provide you with a liquid product specifically designed for loosening wallpaper. I have a friend who used fabric softener quite successfully. My favorite is vinegar and hot water in spray bottle (lay towels at the base of the wall to protect your floor). It breaks down the glue and evaporates after a day or two, so you're not left having to remove the remover.

I've never removed wallpaper and found damage to the sheetrock seams. I think that would be unusual. But I would recommend priming before painting, even if the wall has been painted before.

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aper and found damage to the sheetrock seams. I think that would be unusual. But I would recommend priming before painting, even if the wall has been painted be

+1 for wall decals and removable wallpaper which can removed (depending on where you buy from) from the wall without damaging anything.

Best of luck! Smile

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