Tips For Painting Over Wallpaper


After years of living in your home, you might want to change the way it looks. Over time, people get bored with their environment and because of this you may want to make a few changes in your surroundings. To do this, you can consider starting by getting rid of your old wallpaper.

However, if you removed wallpaper before, you know how difficult it is to remove it. Even with the chemicals advertised on TV doesn’t work as well as it is supposed to be. It is a fact that stripping down wallpaper is a very hard task to do. Even a small room can take you days or even weeks just to remove the wallpaper. So, how can you change the look of your room without going through the laborious process of stripping down your old wallpaper first and painting new color for your room?

To do this, you can simply paint over your old wallpaper. Although painting over your wallpaper can still require you to work a little harder, it is not as hard as peeling off your old wallpaper first before painting. Old wallpapers tend to peel and will have some damaged areas, such as peeled off parts, ripped parts and parts where it came loose and have air bubbles. You first need to deal with these damages by repairing it. By not repairing it, you will notice that there will be uneven parts that can be very ugly to look at. What you want is a great looking wall where there are no signs of wallpaper under the paint.

So, the first thing you need to do is repair the damaged areas. You can glue any of the loose section. However, if a particular section of your wallpaper has a lot of damage and one that is considered to be irreparable, you have to strip down this wallpaper section. But if the wallpaper section only contains minimal damages, you may want to repair it rather than stripping it down or peel it off.

The next step is by mixing some joint compound and applying it on the seams. This will provide a great fix for peeled off wallpapers and will prevent the wallpapers from getting peeled off again.

There are also some textured wallpapers. If you have textured wallpaper installed, you should apply the joint compound mixture on the whole wall. Let the joint compound dry and the next step is to get rid of the rough surface by sanding it.

It is also very important to consider what color your old wallpaper has. If it is light in color, you can paint on your wallpaper immediately. However, if you have dark colored wallpaper, you first need to apply a sealer. This will keep the wallpaper color from getting visible through the paint.

The next step is painting. Choose high quality house paints, prepare the room for painting by taping windows, putting some old newspapers on the floor to prevent getting any paint on the floor and on your windows.

As you can see, it is quite simple to paint over your existing wallpapers. You don’t need to peel off your wallpaper first, you just need to remember the few easy steps, which are:

  • Repairing damaged areas
  • Applying joint compound
  • Sanding
  • Drying
  • Applying sealant (For dark colored wallpapers)
  • Painting

These are the tips you should remember if you want to paint over your old wallpaper. Home improvement is easier by following these few easy tips.

Handy Tips, Advices & Warnings

To remove old wallpaper, first pull off as much as you can, then soak the remaining with Fleecy. It will peel off easily.

After wallpapering or painting, write the amount under a light-switch plate and you’ll always know how much wallpaper or paint you need for that room.

If you have a small hole in your wall (after moving pictures etc.) take a wax crayon as near the colour of your wall as possible. Rub the hole with the crayon, polish with a dry cloth and the hole is invisible.

Clean out old nail polish bottles and fill with “touch up” paint for scuffs and scratches that may occur on your walls.

When hanging pictures on plaster walls, put a small piece of adhesive tape where the nail is to go in. Drive the nail through the tape. This helps prevent the plaster from cracking.