To Remove Or Not To Remove? Wallpaper Tips From Edmonton’s Repaint Specialists

Through the years, wallpaper has faded in and out of fashion, but today, with so many choices, it’s simply a matter of preference; however, as we all know, preferences change!

When the wallpaper is installed correctly and well maintained, it can last greater than 15 years bringing colour, texture, and style to your home. However, as the years go on,  you may find that wallpaper you installed 10 years ago isn’t so chique today. Or, maybe, the years haven’t been as kind to your wallpaper as they have been to you (have you been working out?).  Regardless of the reason for making a change, a coat or two of this year’s trendiest paint colours can freshen up the room in no time!

Now that you’ve decided to make the change, it begs the question: “Do I remove the wallpaper, or do I paint over it?”

Right about now, you may be having flashbacks to horror stories about wallpaper removal. Hours of agonizing ripping and scratching at wallpaper only to find multiple layers behind or layers of drywall or plaster peeling away with the shredded wallpaper. It can be time-consuming, and an unbearable hassle; however, removing the wallpaper and starting fresh will always give you the best results with fewer issues now and in the future.

It’s okay, take a deep breath!

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove all that wallpaper. In certain circumstances, painting over the wallpaper is a perfectly acceptable way to save time, sanity, and still accomplish a beautiful, long lasting finish that will wow your guest, and make you love your home. So, how do you know if it’s okay to paint over the wallpaper or not? The Repaint Specialists suggest the following:

It’s Time To Remove The Wallpaper:

Anytime your wallpaper has become loose, ripped or has holes, it should always be removed. Foresight is also our friend. Remember to consider what the future holds. Do you think you will want to go back to wallpaper in the future? Are you planning to live in your home for a long time? Wallpaper that has been painted over is excruciatingly difficult to remove and will create bigger problems when you decide to redecorate again.

Ripped wallpaper
Go Ahead And Paint Away:

Is your wallpaper in great shape? No peeling, slipping, holes, or bubbling? No water damage? Jump up and down for joy because you get to march over to your nearest hardware store and buy your favourite can of paint! Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Cloverdale, and Benjamin Moore are all excellent choices by the way. Before painting, it’s a good idea to add a coat of spackle so the wallpaper’s texture won’t show. Even though you will save time painting over the wallpaper, you will want to consider the above advice regarding removal as best practice!

PRO TIP: Use an oil-based primer to seal the adhesive in the paper and protect it from the moisture in the paint.

Are you pulling your hair out after noticing that droopy wallpaper?

Contact The Repaint Specialists today, and we’ll do it for you!

The Repaint Specialists are one of Edmonton’s leading interior and exterior painting experts. Rated among the top three paint expert on Google, we are proud to be serving the residents of St. Albert; Sherwood Park; and Edmonton, Alberta.