Quick wall treatment

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I have kitties & the wallpaper under bay windows is heavily scratched (big patches), some into drywall. Want something for a quick fix now; more permanent later. Thank you for any ideas!
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  • Pete Sakes Pete Sakes on Nov 30, 2015
    I'd just get some pretty contact paper and cover it. When my children were little I put contact paper on the drywall by their small dining table so I could just wipe off any sticky hand prints. When they outgrew the small dining table I just removed the contact paper.
  • Mary Loper Mary Loper on Nov 30, 2015
    I like the paintable wallpapers. Can you cover just this spot and then paint the paper or just leave it plain? I used some to cover wallpaper that just would not come off of the walls, no matter what! Good luck! (I love my kitties, too. Good thing they are so cute!)
  • Mary Beth Carrier Mary Beth Carrier on Nov 30, 2015
    You could also try to bead board, stores will even cut it to exact dimensions for you. A quick fix happen just by attaching something such as furring strips and using finishing nails to attach the bead board. It would be pretty quick and relatively inexpensive. Good luck
  • Johnchip Johnchip on Nov 30, 2015
    I agree with Mary Beth, use a wood product cut to size or the same thing will happen to any paper product you would use to cover it. They will not stop using the same area, you know cats! Paint, prepare to repaint the spot every year, as they will damage the finish, but such a small area is easy to freshen up with a new coat (15 minute job).
  • Sally Gillies Sally Gillies on Nov 30, 2015
    If it isn't damaged too badly and you don't want to paint over or repaper the wall, tape a nice large sheet of aluminum foil over the scratches. Good luck.
  • C C on Nov 30, 2015
    Why not cover the area with a thin piece of plywood or boards covered with sisal rope so the cats can scratch and rub against it without damaging anything? Then you can remove the plywood cover later and fix underneath. The rope usually holds up for a quite while and can be recovered over and over. A roll of sisal rope is inexpensive and can be glued to the boards. You could cover the whole area with rope or just do a middle section of rope for the cats, then add some foam covered with a pretty fabric on each side for a more decorative look for the humans. My cats have taught me to find solutions that serve us both, LOL.
    • DORLIS DORLIS on Nov 30, 2015
      @C i AGREE WITH THIS ONE. tHE CATS HAVE ALREADY ESTABLISHED THIS AS A PLACE TO SCRATCH. IN ADDITION TO SISAL, CARPET SAMPLES THAT CAN BE REPLACED. mY 4 LOVE THIS STUFF. ALSO YOU COULD CREATE HIDING PLACES WITH CARDBOARD BOXES, WHEN THEY ARE TORN UP, GET SOME MORE BOXES.
  • Jennifer Jennifer on Nov 30, 2015
    A pretty carpet sample glued or stapled up with quarter round around borders, or an open rubber floor mat, or decorative sheet metal. The first two would provide your cats' claws something to grip other than the drywall or wallpaper and the sheet metal would probably last longer, but be more expensive.
  • Kate Sullivan Kate Sullivan on Nov 30, 2015
    Buy a glazing product (available at home improvement stores) and apply over that section of wall. It will apply thicker in the scratched areas, making them appear deliberately highlighted. You could tint the glaze to match your wall color or leave it plain.
  • LD LD on Nov 30, 2015
    If you don't have any of the wallpaper, then I would recommend removing the wallpaperpaper on the affected walls from chair railing height, and then paint below the chair railing that you install. More importantly you need to train kitties that scratching is not acceptable, by using a water spray bottle, or they will continue to destroy your belongings.
  • Sheryl Banak Sheryl Banak on Dec 01, 2015
    Thank you all very much! I appreciate these ideas! And the empathy as well. :) Thank you for taking the time!
  • Snapoutofit Snapoutofit on Dec 01, 2015
    Poster boards, dollar store has 'em.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Dec 06, 2015
    Think you need to address the source of the problem and discourage the cats from using this area for scratching. I'd buy some of that plastic stuff with the teeth you put over carpet to protect it. Fasten it with the points outward. They won't like it. Then get them a couple of scratching posts. Once the habit is broken, then I would go directly to permanent repair.
  • Mary Mary on Dec 06, 2015
    You could get you a couple of sisal type door mats and anchor them on the wall for a quick fix. Would give the kitties something to scratch on and hide the scratches on the wall.