Hi guys! I hope your week is going well and you’re not on a sugar crash from eating all that Halloween candy. 🙂 I couldn’t keep my hands off the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – anything with nuts and chocolate is my very favorite.
I FINALLY finished painting my bedroom and thought I’d share a painting tidbit you may find useful. If you have dated wallpaper in your home, but the thought of spending hours stripping it off paralyzes you from taking action (like it did me!), hopefully, this post will give you some hope.
Here’s a quick and dirty way to paint over wallpaper! This method can be used for painting wallpapered furniture too.
If a wall had numerous layers, or possibly the drywall underneath is not in the best of shape, painting over the wallpaper may be the better and faster option. In my case, I plan to do some sort of wall treatment over it, possibly shiplap or faux brick.
Let me backtrack. When I bought this home, the upstairs bathroom walls were decked out with ducks. Yes. Ducks. I’m a full-blown nature lover, but duck wallpaper is not my style. For a quick and dirty fix, (it was seriously a spontaneous spur of the moment thing because I couldn’t take those black eyes staring at me every time I was in there) I grabbed some yellow paint and painted over my feathered friends. That paint job has lasted over 12+ years and honestly looks the same as the first day I painted it. Was it the ideal solution – probably not. But it did the job.
Fast forward to my bedroom makeover. This wallpaper has been up for years. The previous owners installed it so I’m guessing well over 30 years.
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The ‘right’ way to paint over this wallpaper is to sand the seams, remove the dust, and then use an oil-based primer to seal the paper before painting with a water-based paint. I didn’t sand the seams, and I didn’t use any oil-based products.
- Drop Cloths or Old Sheets
- Paint Tray & Roller
- Paint Brush
- Shop Towels
- Behr All in One Primer Sealer
- Behr Premium Plus Paint & Primer in One – Pure white no color added
The Quick & Dirty Way To Paint Over Wallpaper::
- Vacuum to remove dust
- Protect floors and furniture with drop cloths
- 2 Coats of Behr All in One Primer Sealer (Home Depot)
- 1-2 Coat of Behrs Premium Plus Paint & Primer in One (Home Depot)
These are all water-based product – not oil based.
Now that it’s all painted out, I can decide if I want to add beadboard, barn wood, shiplap, faux brick, or stencil. I’m not sure yet. If you have any suggestions, feel free to chime in. 🙂 In the meantime, it looks fresh, clean and updated. I’m so happy I don’t have to look at that old wallpaper anymore!!!
So YES, you CAN paint over wallpaper. Is it the ‘best’ solution – NO. Is it the ‘lazy’ way out – YES. Will it last – YES. Does it look as ‘professional’ as painted drywall – NO. But what I can tell you from my own experience, I’m really happy with the outcome. As I mentioned, this is the second room I’ve done and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
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Have you and/or would you ever try painting over wallpaper? Feel free to chime in if you have ANY products or tips. Or just to say ‘HI’ because I always love hearing from you!
Have yourself a grateful and inspiring day my friends!