How to cover torn wallpaper bedroom walls that have been painted over

by Ike
The bedroom walls- there have been unsuccessful attempts to remove the wallpaper. Therefore, areas where the paper was torn, seam very visible, they painted over this all. And do not want to remove the paper.
  9 answers
  • Ike Ike on Jan 27, 2016
    It's my Question !!!
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 27, 2016
    See if this helps you.
    • Ike Ike on Jan 27, 2016
      Thank you Janet. I would like to find some decorating ideas to cover it up/kinda camouflage it maybe ? Do you have any ideas as where I should search . Searching is all new to me ugh
  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jan 27, 2016
    I've seen areas like that skim coated with drywall compound with some improvement in appearance. Personally as someone who is trying to remove painted over wallpaper from old plaster walls, it's not fun to scrape all those layers off. We've tried sanding it off, stripping it with chemicals and we're still scraping it off a section at a time using a steamer. I now cringe when I see wallpaper. It is miserable to deal with, especially when someone thought it was a good idea to paint over. I think the best thing to do is remove it. If it's sheet rock, you might think about replacing the sheet rock so that you have a fresh surface. If it's plaster walls and ceiling (paper on a ceiling, can you imagine?) like in our upstairs hall, you will never get the results you want by painting over it. Here's some good advice I found:
    • Ike Ike on Jan 27, 2016
      Thank you Cynthia, I know I just don't want to do it 😫 I'm searching some ideas to cover it .
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 27, 2016
    I hate to break the news, but removing it is the best way to deal with it. Otherwise, you're painting over someone else's poor choice and your wall will not be the way you ultimately want it to be.
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    • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 27, 2016
      Ike some options are to install bead board, new Sheetrock or to wallpaper over the wallpaper. You could also do a Venetian plaster /skim coat or a variety of textured painting techniques. Check this site Of course there are always the professionals at your local home store who can guide you in the right direction.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 27, 2016
    Another positive comment there are ways to fix someone else mistakes. If you read all the sites available you will find your positive answer.
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jan 27, 2016
    All of our comments have been positive. Best wishes on your choice, Ike!
  • Joann Joann on Jan 27, 2016
    I covered all of that with the thin gyproc, screws and tape with some sanding and then just painted.
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    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jan 28, 2016
      @Ike gyproc means drywall
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 05, 2023

    Well, you could paint over the walls with a matt finish paint as that would make defects less visable, then use Wallpaper border to make a design on the walls, or you could Panel part of the wall or Use a Large Mirror or Painting to cover up bad areas. Hope that helps.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 05, 2023

    Cover the walls with tapestries or beadboard.