You can paint over wallpaper and here’s how
When you want to change the décor of your home, the easiest thing to do is to change the color of your walls. No matter what furniture you have, this will give a new appearance to your home. Many people choose to apply wallpaper instead of paint, because it takes less time and effort.
What happens when you are tired of the wallpaper? It can be a laborious job to remove it. Here is how you can paint over wallpaper:
- Make sure that the wallpaper is as thin as possible and it has a smooth surface. If there is a pattern on it, use sand paper to make it less visible. If you decide to sand it, do so lightly, otherwise you could make distressed marks which will be hard to cover with paint.
- Apply a coat of joint compound all over the walls to make the surface as smooth as possible. Let it dry for a few hours before you move to the next step.
- Apply a coat of oil-base primer; make sure that this is compatible with the paint that you intend to use. This will take away some of the moisture of the paint and it will keep the wallpaper on the wall.
- Paint the wallpaper and try to keep the paint as thin as possible. Use an oil-base paint so you don’t apply on the walls more moisture than necessary. If the first coat is dry and you are not satisfied with the result, you can apply a second thin coat.