Making Ugly Wallpaper Disappear!

1 Hour
Do you have hideous wallpaper? Are you wanting it to disappear? Does the thought of stripping wallpaper make you want to scream? Well, there could be an easier fix!
I buy old, neglected, and ugly houses and flip them all by myself! I tackle many of the projects myself. It's a crazy house-flipping life, but come follow along at my blog: The Bachelorette Pad Flip-
As I've posted before, my house flip #2 was just atrocious with the retro wallpaper. It was all so loud, and ugly, and especially in the kitchen- this still life scene was random and dated. It HAD to go! But I had a slight little problem-- the wallpaper was expertly done and the seams were flawless and removing the wallpaper was going to be a huge chore, so I opted to paint it!
I started by using a primer (Kilz) over the pattern. Even though the paint I used was a primer/paint mix, I still wanted an extra coat because the wallpaper was so busy and bold.
I chose to use a paint brush rather than a roller, and the texture turned out great. Since the wallpaper was professionally done, you can't even see the seams anywhere!
In about an hour, I had made my ugly wallpaper disappear with minimal effort!
To see more of my house flipping projects, including this retro kitchen, visit my blog: The Bachelorette Pad Flip.

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  • Sally Culp Hallman Sally Culp Hallman on Nov 14, 2016
    how has this held up?
  • MICKEY MICKEY on Nov 14, 2016
    I want to paint my husband is afraid the wallpaper will curl. In some places the seams are k. In the cornervthey didnt di a good job. Help. Im tired of this color


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  • R-Squared Construction R-Squared Construction on May 21, 2016
    Use a oil based primer instead of the typical latex primers. That will keep the wallpaper paste beneath from getting moist and releasing which can create bubbles.
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    • Darla Darla on May 22, 2016
      @The Bachelorette Pad Flip Thanks, I didn't know that. With artists' paints, you can paint oil over acrylic but not the other way around.
  • Elizabeth Johnson-Jones Elizabeth Johnson-Jones on Feb 11, 2018
    OMG on that wallpaper! Bet you couldn't get the paint on it quick enough. Lol. GREAT JOB