Asked on Apr 28, 2017

How can I update a bathroom covered in wall paper ?

D fuhrmanCeciliaDeb


I do not like it and it is peeling in some parts, but I don't have too much time to work on it. And I am not a DIY person. Help!
7 answers
  • Yup, I hear you! Since it is already peeling, and even though you claim you are not a DIY'er, this is something you CAN do yourself. Go to any home improvement store and rent the equipment necessary - first use the tool to poke holes in the paper and steam away. Messy, yes, but can be fun too. If at all possible, get a girlfriend to help you while sipping lemonade, iced tea or wine . . . Then the following weekend prep your wall for paint and be sure to spend a few dollars on the sample sizes to try first - paint colors always look different in your home. Then paint! Yes, it can take up a couple weekends or Saturdays, but oh so worth it when done. If pressed for time, you can hire out any part of this project to have it go quicker.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 28, 2017

    Since the paper is peeling anyway,Make a spray of fabric softener and water.Spray the the wallpapered wait until it moistens the glue,remove,clean,sand,prime,and paint.
  • Laurie Adams
    on Apr 29, 2017

    No need to rent a steamer. I have peeled some wallpaper off easily and you may be able to do it in your case. If not, there is a product called DIF that works really well. Dip a sponge, wipe it, it soaks the paper and pulls right off (depending on the composition of the paper. If it doesn't, then you can use a too to score holes in the paper (I think it is called a paper tiger), so the DIF can penetrate behind the surface to release the glue.
  • JC
    on Apr 29, 2017

    I put white bead board up. it looks clean, makes the room look larger and is easy to clean. I love it
  • Deb
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Depending on what kind of wall paper it is, you can peel off the top layer which leaves a paper layer. Wet this and scrape it off.. might take a little time but it is worth it. I used a spray bottle and a kitchen plastic spatula!!! I even painted the paper layer one time. It bubbles up a bit but when it dries, it is flat..
  • Cecilia
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I like the idea. Could you give me more info on it?
  • D fuhrman
    on Apr 30, 2017

    i do not recommend painting over wall paper. you will see the seams and i don't think you will be happy with the end result. i removed wall paper one time and there was a bit of glue still on the wall that i wasn't aware of when i painted. next thing you know it was blistering. it was an awful mess. i agree with fabric softener and water. spray it wait a few minutes and start scraping. it's a mess to do. no more wallpaper for me.
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