If you live in a house that's from the 70's or 80's, you might have to deal with some wallpaper. Chances are the wallpaper that cover the walls of your home are either outdated, or worn down (possibly even both). Whatever the reason, you want it gone, and were hoping to cover those walls with a fresh coat of paint instead.
Painting is a great way to modernize an older house without removing any of the interesting structure that make it unique and "retro". So how are you supposed to go about this? Can you just paint right over the old wallpaper? Read this blog to find out more.
Painting over wallpaper is less than ideal
Wallpaper, like paint, will peel and break down over time. Let’s say you painted over it and then the wallpaper started to come off. Now what? Are you going to apply some adhesive to the wallpaper to keep it down? That could work, but now you’ve had to apply another temporary fix to this situation. So think about it, Is this "time saver" still worth it?
This shortcut can be more trouble than it’s worth
Another issue with with painting over wallpaper is the seams. Wallpaper has seams, and you can’t hide them without considerable extra effort (such as applying wallboard compound). If your goal is to stop the wallpaper from peeling, it’s best to start with a primer-sealer.
The main point i'm making here is, there’s a lot of extra work involved with this “time saver” so it sort of defeats the point of just doing it the right way in the first place.
Forget painting wallpaper and just remove or replace it.
If you’re tired of a wallpapered part of the home, we recommend simply removing it. In the end, this will be the best long-lasting solution for your house. Even if you like wallpaper, there are plenty of new and exciting options for that on the market. And if you want to paint, it’s always best to apply that paint directly to cleaned, primed walls with nothing in-between.