What’s the best way to paint over old wallpaper

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  • Do yourself a favor and remove the wallpaper first. Yes a pain, but the end result will be worth it. That paper will need to come down at some point and be much harder to do so once painted. Score and steam!
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    • Absolutely! Any savvy buyer will see that corners were cut by painting over wallpaper, they will wonder what other cheap shortcuts were taken and about the quality of the renovation. Don't undermine all your hard work! Yes it is a pain, yet the results will be worth it, be proud of your accomplishment and hand over a quality product above and beyond expectations. Your pocketbook will be happy you took the extra step.


  • Emily Emily on May 18, 2018
    Yes, I second what Naomie says. Much easier to remove now and you will have a nice clean smooth surface to paint.
  • Kara McClanahan Kara McClanahan on May 18, 2018
    I would not recommend painting over wallpaper. It makes it impossible to remove later.We ended up having to re-sheetrock our walls because it was easier than removing painted wallpaper.
  • Barb Adams Barb Adams on May 18, 2018
    Repair edges or torn areas with glue or caulk. Prime then paint.
  • Lsherbach Lsherbach on May 18, 2018
    This is a great tutorial by one of our Hometalkers:
    https://www.hometalk.com/16564807/making-ugly-wallpaper-disappear-?r=2
    Good Luck! Can't wait to see how it turns out
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 18, 2018
    the best way is NOT TO
  • William William on May 18, 2018
    Normally I don't advise painting wallpaper. There is always a chance of it separating and/or bubbling from moisture in the paint. Since your flipping the house I would say prime and paint it. The link that Lsherbach provided states that she use a brush to add texture to cover the seams and imperfections. I suggest you use a thicker nap roller for the primer to cover the seams and imperfections. If the wallpaper separates or bubbles you will need to remove it. Good luck.
  • Kara McClanahan Kara McClanahan on May 18, 2018
    We tried with a wallpaper scraper, but it didn't score it well because the paint gummed up the blades. We were cursing the previous homeowners the whole time, and now it's something I look for when looking at properties.
  • Kara McClanahan Kara McClanahan on Jun 15, 2018
    We first tried with wall paper scraping and scoring tools (amazon has them, as do most hardware stores), but since it was painted, the paint just gummed up the blades. That's why we just started over.
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