Last Updated on December 27, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
As I promised yesterday, today I’m going to show you how to remove wallpaper from your life without actually removing the wallpaper from your walls. Yep, this is my alternative to stripping wallpaper, and I personally think it’s not only so much easier, but it’s also much faster…especially if you have two people working on the room!
I hate stripping wallpaper from walls. Absolutely hate it. Only once in my life have I had the pleasure of removing wallpaper from a room where the paper came off the walls in complete sheets. I kid you not, I had the wallpaper removed from that rather large bathroom in 15 minutes flat. But really, how often does that happen?
Generally, removing wallpaper includes hours of tedious peeling, scraping, spraying water, scraping some more, steaming, scraping…and on and on. And I don’t know about you, but generally when I’m done, I’m left with walls that need repair because whatever scraping tool I’ve used has left little gouges in the drywall. It’s just a huge mess.
So here are the four rather simple steps to take:
Step 1: Inspect and peel
Yes, you do have to do a bit of wallpaper peeling, but this is only the easy kind. Just inspect the walls to be sure that there aren’t any areas where the wallpaper is loose or peeling. If you find any such areas, just grab the loose piece and peel it right off the wall until you’re left with only paper that’s really stuck to the wall.
Step 2: Sand the seams
Next, use an electric sander with 150-grit sandpaper to just smooth out the seams. Also use it on any of the areas where you just peeled the paper. You don’t want to be left with any hard paper edges. Instead, you want the edges to be “feathered” so that they just smoothly blend right into the drywall.
Step 3: Mud over the seams
Next, use pre-mixed drywall mud and an 8- or 10-inch taping knife to mud over the seams.
Keep in mind, this is just a very thin skim coat, so it’ll dry very quickly, expecially if you set up a box fan to generate lots of air flow through the room. With fans set up, it should dry within a couple of hours.
Step 4: Sand the dry drywall mud
Using a 150-grit sandpaper, sand the dry drywall mud until it’s smooth. Concentrate on the edges so that they’re perfectly smoothed into the wallpapered areas, but definitely go ahead and sand the whole thing just to be sure that all of the mud is perfectly smooth.
And that’s it! Four steps to removing wallpaper from your life without actually going through all of the tedious work of removing it from your walls.
You’re left with smooth walls, and from there, you can do whatever you had planned. Want to texture them? They’re ready! Want to just paint them? They’re ready! (Although I’d suggest using an oil-based primer first.)
They’re definitely not pretty at this point, but that’s nothing that a coat of primer and paint can’t fix!
Now I did have to do a little drywall repair on the area where I removed the massive wall cabinet. Remember those three holes I punched in the wall? Those had to be fixed. So here’s a bonus…
How To Fix A Hole In Drywall…The Easy Way…
There are several ways to fix holes in drywall, but when it comes to stuff like that, I generally opt for the easy way, even if it costs a bit more money.
So I went to the home improvement store and picked up three of these drywall repair patches…
It’s a metal mesh with a piece of plastic mesh over it, and the back is adhesive. So obviously you have to remove the paper backing first…
Then you just stick it to the wall right over the hole, and use your taping knife to put drywall mud right over it.
And after the mud is completely dry, just sand over it to smooth it out, and it’s done! Only you would know there was ever a hole there. Pretty easy stuff, right?
That’s where I’ll leave you for now. I’ll show you my finished walls on Monday. 🙂 Have a great weekend!
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