Hillary Valentine February 2, 2021 Space Wallpaper
Use a wallpaper stripper solution in the sprayer as mentioned above. NOT VINEGAR, NOT SOAP! You can buy wallpaper stripper in a concentrate. It was created for just such an occasion. It will work better than anything else you might be tempted to use. Sometimes, though rarely,wallpaper just will not strip off. In such an instance, you will have to skim over the top of the wallpaper, particularly, at the seams with sheet rock compound to make it smooth. This is because if you just paint over the wallpaper, you will see the seams. They will just be a different color. After you have stripped the wallpaper or skimmed over it, you will need to texture the walls. This will produce a look that we all desire on our walls. All walls are textured with one type of finish or another. Once this is done, a good coat of primer and 2 coats of paint and you are finished. It is hard work, but the result is a room or home with "up to date" wall finishes.
Stripping off that old wallpaper Or, "Why did I ever put that up?" Most homes built in the 80s and 90s have wallpaper in them somewhere. I know, because I installed a lot of it in Northwest Arkansas during those years. But, like the hairdos of the 60s, we are ready to put that behind us. So, how do you remove wallpaper? To start with, be assured that what went up can come down. Some of it is just a little more difficult. Do yourself a favor and go to Lowes or The Home Depot and buy a wallpaper steamer.It will cost you about $50.00 to $75.00. This is the secret sauce, the Genie in the Bottle, the magic wand. With this tool, most wallpaper will submit and turn loose the death grip it has on the walls.
Take Care with Patterns When you are trying to increase the size of a room visually, using wallpaper devoid of pattern is usually the best way to go, because patterns can visually shrink a room. If your wallpaper has a very large pattern in it, you can overpower a space with the pattern and actually make the room feel much smaller than it is. If you are going to include pattern on your wallpaper, a good option is to use a medium to small pattern that has little color contrast; this will keep the visual space open. Either a tone on tone pattern or a pastel on cream background will work. Where pattern works particularly well is when your room is out of proportion. For example, if you have a narrow room, you can add horizontal stripes to the wall to make it feel wider than it is or vertical stripes to make a room seem taller. If you do not need to change the shape of your walls and you are considering a pattern to simply add interest to the walls, you may want to use textured wallpaper.
If the walls are painted, then you are ready to apply a good primer/sealer that will prepare the surface for the new wallpaper. I like two bands "Zinzer 1-2-3 and" Kilz Premium". there are others on the market that work well and are recommended for wallpaper, but I have used these two for 27 years and have had good success with both. Please note though: These will NOT work on a High shine or oil surface. For those walls you will need to use a product called "Gripper" Most knowledgeable Paint stores can help you with this. Prime the walls and let dry over night. Installing wallpaper is not for everyone. It takes a special skill and lots of patience. That being said, I will try and share my knowledge over the last 27 years to give you the best advice that I can.
I usually check the width of the wallpaper first and make small marks with a pencil (NO PENS) on the walls to see where the seams might land if I started in a certain area. After that, I will make adjustments back and forth to get the best seam placement that I can. Once this is done, I will make a cut list of the pieces I need. I would not recommend this to everyone. You might want to cut 3 sheets at a time, paste and install them before cutting anymore. I like to allow 3"-4" over the exact measurement of the wall for my selvage edge trimming top and bottom. I paste ALL my wallpaper. Pre-pasted is pasted with a thinned down version of the regular wallpaper paste that I use. This makes it much more movable on the wall and gives it an extra grip. Paste 2 -3 sheets, fold the sheets paste to paste so they will not dry out and let them sit 3-5 minutes. This gives them time to relax and expand
Some wallpaper is coming back in style, but it is expensive. And, the more expensive the paper, the more expensive the installation. The sad truth is that as a wallpaper installer, there is no way I am going to install $100.00 a single roll wallpaper for $20.00 bucks. I do not think that wallpaper will ever come back into style or be as popular as it was before. I know, bell bottom pants are back and those colors of the 60s are in, but wallpaper has received the death stroke in my humble opinion. And painted walls are much easier to change than wallpaper. There are some borders with themes on them for kids rooms, but no one carrys wallpaper in stock anymore. Thats a clue. Well, on with the subject at hand. Make this a family project and get as much help as you can. Most rooms can be stripped, textured, primed and painted in 3 to 4 days by the "DIY". Professionals are much faster, so you might consider how much your time is worth. Try not to stress out and just work at a steady pace. No paper tigers!! It is a tool that is on the market that claims to assist in stripping wallpaper. All it does, is damage your walls. Save your money. Use the steps and tools I have mentioned, and you will get the results you want.