Asked on Oct 25, 2020

How can you paint over wall paper so you can't see the wall paper?

Becky at Flipping the FlipKathy Gunter LawEm


Trying to paint over wall paper so see can't see the prints through the wall paper

18 answers
  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Hi Ania, hope this gives you some information before you paint over your wallpaper. Good luck Is painting over wallpaper a good idea?

    Painting over wallpaper can look really bad. ... If you have long edges of wallpaper unrolling or air bubbles beneath the surface, you will be better off removing it completely. But if not, with a little wallpaper preparation and a few tricks, you can be left with a finished result that you're happy with.

    Learn How (and When) to Paint Over Wallpaper | DIY Network Blog ... › made-and-remade › learn-it › ho...

  • Flipturn
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I would dissuade you from attempting this.

    Although you may be tempted, perhaps believing that it is a 'quick' way to get rid of an undesirable wallpaper pattern, in the longer run, what you will still have will be unattractive wallpaper that has been painted over.

    There is no substitute to removing the wallpaper first of all.

    To get an idea of what a big messy job it is to remove wallpaper that has been painted over, please read through some of the discussions here on Hometalk.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    Unique Creations By Anita
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Add a primer first, or adding a few costs will hide the print.

  • Mogie
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Paper that's loose, ripped or has holes should always be removed before painting, as these are signs that the paper is beginning to fail. By painting over it, you're investing effort and money into a project that won't last.

    Finally, consider your future plans for the space. Wallpaper that has been painted over is notoriously difficult to remove. While it can be removed with a lot of extra effort, you will likely remove sections of drywall or plaster with the paper. If you plan to stay in your current home for a long time, you'll be better off in the long run if you simply remove the paper now instead of creating problems for yourself down the road.

  • Vimarhonor
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Hello this link might be helpful

    How to Paint Over Wallpaper DIY | Hometalk

  • Redcatcec
    on Oct 25, 2020

    For best results remove the wall paper and patch up the drywall/plaster if needed.

    If you still choose to paint over paper. Be aware that wall paper removal is done adding some wetness to it to remove it. Paint is wet and you stand a chance of starting a bigger problem by applying paint and letting it bond and dry. and the paper pulling away from the wall.The seams may begin to loosen and the corners curl up.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Hi Ania, More than one coat of paint!

    on Oct 25, 2020

    For best looking results you really want to strip the wallpaper off. Or wallpaper over it.

  • Janice
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Hi Ania, I would not recommend painting over wall paper. You may not end up with the result you want. Since paint is wet, applying it may cause the wall paper edges to raise. Even if that doesn't happen the seams of the wallpaper are sure to show throgh the paint. The paint (depeding on coverage) may hide the colors printed on wallpaper but the vertical seams will certainly show through. Painting will make the removal of the wallpaper more time consuming if and when a person decides to remove it.

  • Cheryl A
    Cheryl A
    on Oct 25, 2020

    use Kilz or a primer then paint it be sure the seams are not buckled or raising up as well

  • Lindsay Aratari
    Lindsay Aratari
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I would not recommend as it could peel off

  • Baxter
    on Oct 25, 2020

    Make sure the wallpaper seams are glued down well and not lifting anywhere. Check also where picture nails have been removed, then repair using Elmers household glue and/or spackle. If the wallpaper is dark, prime it and then paint. Priming is not always necessary if you use a high quality paint with primer combined and if the wallpaper is light colored and smooth. I've painted over wallpaper many times with great results (the latest was a guest bathroom with paper that was black with bold flowers...and it looks great. Good luck!

  • Our house is very old and the wallpaper has been painted over many times. You'd never know. I wouldn't recommend doing it in a bathroom due to steam and seams lifting. However, I would speak to someone at a local paint store and ask them what they suggest. You'll need a good primer and they may have some tips for addressing seams.

  • Sharon
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I used to do wallpaper removal, and I would not paint wallpaper, it can bubble, and then its 3x as hard to remove..... hence I used to charge at least three times as much to remove it.

  • Morgan McBride
    Morgan McBride
    on Oct 25, 2020

    I think this is a bad idea. What if the paint made it peel?

  • Em
    on Oct 26, 2020

    You can paint with primer like Kilz but you run the risk of the seams showing and the wall paper peeling. I personally would strip the paper. Yes it is work but in the long run you won't be sorry you did the job right.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on Oct 26, 2020

    I would not recommend it. Priming over it will allow you to hide the print but it will be very difficult to remove later and if any edges begin to loosen, it will be a horrible mess.

  • The best way is to remove the wallpaper. If you paint over it, it could buckle, peel, or bubble doubling your work load. Plus you won’t be able to hide the seams.

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