Off with the Wallpaper, On with the Paint!


by Houston Texas Painters - April 17, 2017

While wallpaper may be decorative and versatile with pretty designs and kiddy patterns, in time, you (or your kids) are likely to outgrow it. Moreover, it is susceptible to wear and tear, making it a poor choice for long term use. If you’ve had wallpaper in any room of your home for a long time, the thought of stripping it off and painting the walls may seem like a tedious task. But we’re here to show you the simplest, step-by-step process in getting wallpaper off, and a fresh coat of paint on!

  1. Clear the Area

The last thing you want is to get stalled every now and again as you’re taking down the wallpaper. To ensure that you don’t, clear the area by pushing furniture that is placed against a wall towards the middle of the room. Similarly, take down any frames, curtains and other things that may be obstructing parts of the wall. Also, lay down some newspaper sheets or old bed sheets so that you don’t mess up your floors and move on to the next step.

  1. Start with a Corner

Stripping off the wallpaper should be done in an orderly sequence. Do section by section by starting with a corner of the wall. As you peel off the wallpaper, double-check that the adhesive isn’t damaging the wall as you pull it away from the surface.

  1. Wet Stubborn Sections

For wallpaper that is stuck on strong, you’ll have to weaken the adhesive to remove it thoroughly. This can be done by making a solution of equal parts hot water and fabric softener in a spray bottle. Simple spritz the wallpaper (one section at a time) and wait for bubbles to form before gently scraping it off with a putty knife. Be sure to get off any remnants as this removal process must be done thoroughly.

  1. Sand and Patch Work

Once the wallpaper comes off and the wall has dried up completely over the course of a few days, you’ll have to check for rough spots and damages. Gently sand down rough spots to make the wall smooth and use drywall mud to fill in any cracks or crevices. Once these sealed areas have dried up, sand them down to smoothen the wall.

  1. Apply a Good Primer

Do not discount the importance of a quality primer. Having a good latex primer as a paint base will ensure that your paint lasts longer and is applied on smoothly. You can either use a paintbrush or roller to apply the primer. Don’t forget to lay down plastic sheets so that you don’t stain your floors.

  1. Start Painting!

The last (and most fun) part is to paint your walls! Choose your color(s) wisely and be sure to purchase high-quality paints. To apply the paint as evenly as possibly, we suggest you use rollers. Alternatively, you can save yourself the time and trouble by calling on Houston Texas Painters to do the job for you!