During the winter, people spend more time in their home. If you’re unhappy with the way your house looks, this can be tough since you’ll spend all day looking at the elements of your home that you want to change. One of the most annoying cases of this is old wallpaper. You might have meant to take it down right when you moved in, but somehow the task fell to the wayside. Well, the good news is that there’s no reason for you to have to stare at that ugly wallpaper for much longer. Here are some tips on how you can spend some time replacing it with a nice coat of paint, and turning your home into the wintertime cozy paradise you deserve.
1. Score the wallpaper
Scoring is the first step you’ll need to take to remove wallpaper. It involves you poking several little holes in the wallpaper to allow for the solution to soak through to the adhesive side of the wallpaper. You can do it using a special tool called a wallpaper scorer. Scoring your wallpaper will allow the solution to do its job so that you can peel it off with ease.
2. Soak it in solution
Once your wallpaper is scored, you can soak it in solution properly. There are multiple pre-made solutions that you can buy in a hardware store, and there are also some that you can make yourself if you’re more of a DIY person. The decision is up to you. The important part is that the solution thoroughly soaks the adhesive area between the wallpaper and the wall. This way you’ll be able to peel it off easily.
3. Strip the wallpaper
Once the solution has broken down the adhesive bond between the wallpaper and the wall, you can finally start to pull that ugly paper off. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: finally getting that wallpaper off of your wall. Start peeling it from the bottom up, and make sure you’re careful and try not to rip it because it’ll make peeling more difficult.
4. Clean your walls off
Once your wallpaper is peeled off, you’ll probably notice various spots with layers of paper still stuck as well as a general stickiness to the walls. To take care of this, you can clean them heavily so that they’re smooth, dry and ready to take on a fresh coat of paint. As long as it’s soapy and hot, it shouldn’t really matter what you use to clean your walls. Hot water mixed with dish detergent usually works pretty well. Make sure you get all the wallpaper off before you start painting
5. Paint the walls
Now that you’ve gotten all of that bad wallpaper off and the walls are spotless, you’re ready to paint. Make sure you tape all the trim and lay a protective layer down on the floor in case of spills. Depending on the type of paint and what your walls look like, you may use two coats. However, this might not be necessary. The important thing is that your walls are covered with a fresh coat and everything looks just the way you imagined it!