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after wallpaper (by Nicole [PA]) Oct 10, 2021 3:02 PM
       after wallpaper (by WMH [NC]) Oct 10, 2021 3:44 PM
       after wallpaper (by Jason [VA]) Oct 10, 2021 3:45 PM
       after wallpaper (by small potatoes [NY]) Oct 10, 2021 4:53 PM
       after wallpaper (by Gail K [GA]) Oct 10, 2021 7:31 PM
       after wallpaper (by Robert J [CA]) Oct 10, 2021 7:41 PM
       after wallpaper (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Oct 10, 2021 7:57 PM
       after wallpaper (by DON [PA]) Oct 10, 2021 8:43 PM
       after wallpaper (by DJ [VA]) Oct 10, 2021 9:19 PM
       after wallpaper (by DJ [VA]) Oct 10, 2021 9:22 PM
       after wallpaper (by plenty [MO]) Oct 11, 2021 8:47 AM
       after wallpaper (by Larry [MN]) Oct 11, 2021 8:58 AM
       after wallpaper (by MAP [NY]) Oct 11, 2021 3:05 PM
       after wallpaper (by Sandy [CO]) Oct 11, 2021 4:10 PM
       after wallpaper (by Wilma [PA]) Oct 11, 2021 4:48 PM

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after wallpaper (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 3:02 PM

Removed some of the wallpaper in an old kitchen. I believe 2 layers came off relatively easy. The other two (or possibly 3 or 4) aren't budging. I am not spending the money to try. Last time I had one of these issues they drywalled right over the velveteen wallpaper but it took the better part of a week with the sanding, coming back, etc. and the attendant plaster dust mess. This is a higher end home for me. I've thought about bead board but I don't think the style of painted bead board would go with the higher end cherry cabinets. Suggestion was (and I think this is just to get them done and out the door) to put a rough texture plaster coat but to me that looks like a patch job - have done it quite often in some of my lower end units and I think it looks lower end. This is for a 10 x 8 wall, a 4 x 8 wall, soffit and under a desk area. The rest of the kitchen is cabinets and back splash. Kitchen is rather large - 20 x 15.

Any other suggestions?

after wallpaper (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 3:44 PM

Beadboard definitely imparts a more country or cottage feel, so for us, it works in every house at the beach - but it mightn't work in other styles of houses.

Can you paint over the wallpaper? If it's on there tight, I've seen it done quite successfully.

But you said there is flocking? That's not going to work.

after wallpaper (by Jason [VA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 3:45 PM

After wallpaper removal usually comes heavy drinking. Have you tried a paper tiger and steamer? Combine that with wallpaper remover and it SHOULD come off.

after wallpaper (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 4:53 PM

I won't remove wallpaper anymore. Just bite the bullet and go w/ the drywall. If dust concerns you get a vac attachment for a sanding pad. I have one I have not used in ages that pulls dust though a bucket w water. It is aquaair and menards has the whole kit for 35 bucks

after wallpaper (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 7:31 PM

I have, in the past, painted over wallpaper. I've used oil based primer first to seal the edges then followed with paint. Previous to that I used the paper tiger and a spray bottle filled with inexpensive liquid fabric softener. The fabric softner loosened the paper and glue underneath pretty well and smelled nice while doing this.

after wallpaper (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 7:41 PM

Sometimes a wallpaper has a foil or waterproof membrane that stripping liquids won't penetrate. So I use a wallpaper scoring tool that makes thousands of little holes thru the surface. Then I can use my steamer to loosen the glue to remove the wallpaper. Later I give it a light sanding and then use an oil base primer before I'll paint.

But when nothing can remove an old layer of wall paper, I can:

A) Drywall over the surface with 1/4" drywall

B) Install thin wood paneling, then some fancy molding.

C) Use oil base binding primer over the wall paper, then spray a cottage cheese texture over the wallpaper. Use a trowel and smooth it out. Then prime/paint over that.

after wallpaper (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 7:57 PM

knock down texture paint

after wallpaper (by DON [PA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 8:43 PM

Drywalling over it means that you are gonna remove and replace all of your door, window and baseboard trim? And then add a custom wood spacer around your window and door frames to make up the extra 1/2" And put spacers on all of your switch boxes and outlet boxes to make up the extra 1/2"???

On the other hand, if the wall is plaster over lathe you may well find after you remove all of the wallpaper tha the plaster is all cracked and the wallpaper was holding it together (I have.)

Another option is to remove the loose stuff, seal it with oil base KILZ----light coats, don't soak it or the paper will dissolve and come onto the roller. Spackle the edges, sand, prime the whole thing and finish coat. Did this with my rental at the shore. Problem is, the previous owner must have put new wallpaper up every other year. Every 3 years or so another layer lets loose with the change in seasons and I have to redo.

after wallpaper (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 9:19 PM

Had that problem when reno-ing the house for my daughter a couple years ago. She was a trooper trying to remove all the wallpaper, but when I found out how much time she had spent for such a little progress, we removed the old drywall with the paper attached & replaced it. Definitely the right decision to save time & sanity - and end up with a good-looking finish. You can work on other things while the mud dries.

after wallpaper (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Oct 10, 2021 9:22 PM

The potential problem with putting texture over it (Other than I hate textures) is if the paper does start to loosen later, the texture will flake off. Also, it would have to be quite thick to cover the unevenness.

after wallpaper (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 8:47 AM

There are products you can apply, used over plaster walls, it's just like a fabric weave. Then go over that with a skim coat. Or maybe a good drywaller could just skim coat it. Is more wallpaper an option? Some of these new papers are super beautiful and decorative. Really Large flowers or shapely patterns. Other than that new drywall would be my choice. For selling I'd do new drywall. For rental I'd add a huge splash of colorful wall paper or skim coat.

after wallpaper (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 8:58 AM

Hire professional wallpaper removers. They can get it done. Then you will likely have to patch and sand the walls. There's a reason people are afraid of houses with wallpaper.

after wallpaper (by MAP [NY]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 3:05 PM

After much experimentation, we only remove wallpaper if it is in an "awkward" place (bay windows, etc) We do the 1/4" drywall over large, flat surfaces. I use fabric softener mixed with hot water in a spray bottle along with an old wallpaper steamer my boss gave me (they don't make B&D wallpaper steamers anymore as is my understanding)

after wallpaper (by Sandy [CO]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 4:10 PM

Coregated sheet metal for a modern look

Or tile or possibly stacked stone veneer?

It really depends on the style of the house

Good luck

after wallpaper (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Oct 11, 2021 4:48 PM

My personal kitchen has wallpaper that was put up without using sizing - we keep putting off doing anything about it. But when the time comes, we will likely add 1/4" drywall. Hubby is a wiz at spackling with very thin coats and increasingly wide spackle knives. He rarely has to sand, but when he does, uses a water dust collector like smallpotatoes mentioned.

We used to put up wallpaper back in the day - but hubby was also persnickety about using sizing, and the paper comes off in lovely sheets once we wet it down.

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