Has anyone done the paper bags on walls and then painted over them?

HAVE OLD WALLS THAT HAVE BEEN PANELED (HORRIBLY) AND ARE JUST YUCKY SO WANT TO USE A HEAVIER PAPER ON THEM BUT DON'T WANT THEM TO BE BROWN AS IT IS ON MY STEPS AND HALL THAT HAVE NO WINDOWS

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  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 08, 2018
    Then make an underlayment for wallpaper for rough walls..... the 1000 is the thickest...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=643EXhB5jpw
    or you could skim coat them with joint compound and even put a texture on them with a texture roller..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH-_yNUH2-s

  • Gerry Yates Gerry Yates on Jan 09, 2018
    Yes I have used the brown paper bags on my walls and just used a latex paint. Works great. I also used old outdated ugly 70s wallpaper in place of the brown paper bags. If you paint the wallpaper first (any color) then tear in irregular pieces you can give the walls the appearance of ancient walls. I first tore small paper pieces and it was time consuming, which I am a impatience person, so I finished it in larger pieces. Dont leave a straight line though. Always tear a crooked jagged line and try not to overlap a large area . The smaller overlap the better.

  • Gerry Yates Gerry Yates on Jan 10, 2018
    I say go for it! I am same way. Scare to try anything new and when i do i usually tweet it and end up saying the heck with it. I found out that if you do mess up or dont like it just take a putty knife, lift a corner of it and it comes right off! Oh and I forgot to mention when you put the pieces on to take something and smooth it out. It pushes all the bubbles and excessive glue out. There is several ways to put the glue on. I used a half and half, sometimes variation of mixture. Sometimes i used a paintbrush to coat the walls and pieces and sometimes i just stuck the paper in the bucket of mixture. One thing I noticed though when i just stuck the whole piece in is because i used a dark color paint it left a slight film which came right off with water but it was extra work so you might not want to do it that way. Just take a paint brush and treat the pieces like you would if you were wallpapering.