Wallpaper can have an elegant charm and provide you with the room of your dreams. But it can also look dated, dull, and drab. If your home's décor is decades-old, removing the wallpaper and adding a fresh, new coat of paint can make a major design statement.
Even though tearing down wallpaper and replacing it with paint may seem simple in comparison to other larger home improvements (such as re-tiling a bathroom or opening up your kitchen space by removing a wall), it's not an easy peel-and-pull project.
Before you start scraping, tearing, and pulling, take a look at what you need to consider before replacing your wallpaper with paint. Understanding the basics of the wallpaper-to-paint process is the first step in getting a new look that can totally transform the face of your space.
Choose a Method
There are several different options when it comes to removing the paper from your walls. These include both DIY and professional-level options. If you have concerns about your ability to remove the wallpaper yourself or you don't have the time to invest in a do-it-yourself day, a professional contractor can do the work for you and get the job done right the first time.
Some home renovators choose to use a commercially available remover solution. Keep in mind, these chemical solutions are powerful and can become dangerous if used incorrectly. You'll need to mix the concentrate with water and apply it directly to the paper. Even though the solution will make it easier for the paper to come off, you'll still need to scrape it off of the wall.
If you have concerns about using harsh chemicals, some homeowners try a less toxic or natural method such as vinegar and water. The vinegar's acetic acid works as a solvent to dissolve the underlying wallpaper paste. Again, like with the chemical solutions, you'll still need to manually remove the wallpaper.
Steaming is another option to remove your wallpaper. This method uses moist heat to loosen the paper's grip from the wall, letting you peel it away.
Know What You Face
If you're struggling to choose a method or don't know which one is preferable, talk to a paint and wallpaper professional first. Different wall surfaces require different types of removal. Walls that were never primed before the wall paper was applied may prove challenging when it comes to peeling the wallpaper off.
Scraping wallpaper from unprimed walls can cause damage to the surface. This will require a delicate touch. Along with knowing the proper way to remove wallpaper from an unprimed wall, an expert can handle patching and repairing the surface if damage should occur.
Knowing whether a primed or unprimed wall is under the paper isn't the only consideration to make. Some walls may have several layers of wallpaper. Instead of removing the paper and applying a new layer, it's possible that the previous owner papered over the existing one. If this is the case, do not try to remove all the layers at once. This situation requires a layer-by-layer removal process to make sure that you get all the paper off the wall without causing too much damage.
Repair and Paint
After removing the paper, it's possible that you'll find the wall in poor repair. Some homeowners mistakenly paper over defects and existing damage in order to cover the wall up. If you find damage, or the removal process damages the wall, it's essential that you fix the problems before painting.
A painting professional can re-plaster, patch drywall, and create the smooth surface that you need. Cracks, chips, holes, and other similar issues will all show through the new coat of paint. Create an even canvas for the color of your choice to give the wall the fresh, clean look that you want.
Do you need a professional to transform your wallpapered space into a beautifully painted one? Call American Best Painting Inc. to get the wall décor of your dreams.