I have wallpaper stuck directly to the sheet rock. How to cover?

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What is the best affordable way to cover it? It is vinyl. I have it in my kitchen and two bathrooms.

Thank you for any advice.
q i have wallpaper stuck directly to the sheet rock
Paper was peeling here. I spackled and sanded here. Kitchen has one layer of wallpape.
q i have wallpaper stuck directly to the sheet rock
Under kitchen window
q i have wallpaper stuck directly to the sheet rock
Bathroom - two layers of wallpaper


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  • Ken Ken on Feb 07, 2018
    If you have tried the standard vinyl paper removal routine and it is well-adhered then skim coating with drywall joint compound is the only way to get a smooth wall. Where you have more than one layer of vinyl you really should remove at least the top layer.
  • Manfred's Mom Manfred's Mom on Feb 07, 2018
    I have had this problem too. The first time my husband insisted I remove the wallpaper using wallpaper stripper, but this damaged the sheet rock. Repairing the sheet rock was a huge ordeal. So when I encountered this problem again, I used paintable, textured wallpaper over the existing paper. Everyone told me I was making a mistake, but I love it and the pattern, texture and paint on the wallpaper hide any flaws. Wallpaper is not for everyone but I love mine and get lots of compliments. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
    P.S. I have found the experts at my local paint store to be very helpful too.
    • Brinda Penyak Brinda Penyak on Feb 08, 2018
      Ran into the same thing - two layers, and the steamer damaged the drywall. Wound up tiling the walls floor to ceiling with ceramic and it looks great. Expensive but worth it.
  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 07, 2018
    How about covering it up with a different type of wall? https://www.hometalk.com/27590997/faux-brick-wall
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 07, 2018
    https://www.hometalk.com/categories/remodeling-renovating/bathroom/walls
  • James James on Feb 07, 2018
    Is the drywall painted? If so, you need to remove the paper and paste to apply any kind of adhesive to hold a finish panel. If the drywall is not painted you can resurface the wall with 1/4" sheet-rock. Fit the sheet-rock tight into the trim and ceiling and caulk.
  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Feb 08, 2018
    Ran into this problem at Grandparents house, we ended up doing a skip trowel finish over the top of old wall paper, turned out great.
  • William William on Feb 08, 2018
    A lot of great solutions, but if you plan to cover it or a skim coat of drywall mud. I would just tear the walls down to the studs and start from scratch. BUT YOU PROBABLY DON'T WANT TO GO THAT WAY. I wouldn't. I would sand all the rough edges and feather them even with the wall. Prime with a good stain blocking primer and take it from there. In the bathroom that has two layers, I would remove the top layer. Then prime the second layer and go from there.
  • Carlitakragland Carlitakragland on Feb 08, 2018
    On mine I used vinegar and a plastic putty knife. No funds for supplies to just cover it so I had to remove it.
  • Jenny Tease Jenny Tease on Feb 10, 2018
    I had to remove wallpaper from a dry wall and I peaked off the main part of the paper and the stuff left behind I used a bucket with hot. Water as hot as I could stand to put my hand in and a sponge I dabbed hot water on it enough water to soak and waited 5 min and used a paint scrapper and all mine came off no problem
  • Terry Terry on Feb 10, 2018
    Like Jenny and Karlita, I used vinegar with hot water. Sponged on the mixture waited a little bit then with plastic scrapper, scrapped away. Yes it was time consuming but all the paper came off and no damage to the walls. Did two rooms like this, I will say never again will I have wall paper in my home. Funny thing is my grandfather was a wallpaper hanger for many years.