Is your old wallpaper stopping you from giving a new look to your interiors? If yes, scroll through this piece to learn how to hide wallpaper.

How To Hide Wallpaper

Are you planning to revamp your house in order to give it a modern look? However, is the old wallpaper turning to be an impediment in this endeavour of yours? Yes, old wallpaper can be a hassle to deal with, especially if there is more than one layer of it involved. The age and type of the wallpaper used also plays an important part on how hard it can be to remove it from the walls, and at times removing old wallpaper is just not an option since it can blight the wall. The burden that then falls on you is to find a way to deal with the wallpaper so that you can go ahead with your renovation plan. There are actually many simple ways to hide wallpaper and it is not always wise to scrape it off the walls as it can damage your walls. The sections that follow will guide you as to how you can effectively hide old wallpaper. Read on to learn more.

Methods To Hide Wallpaper

Method 1

Things You'll Need
  • Interior paint
  • Indoor paint primer
  • Paint tray
  • Razor blade (Optional)
  • Old newspapers
  • Paint roller
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Oil paintbrushes
  • Spread the old newspapers at the surface of the wall you want to remove the wallpapers from. Now pour the paint primer into an empty paint container. Put the roller into the container and run the wet roller onto the wallpaper. A coat of primer will provide you with an even base to paint over. Let the primer dry completely before you start painting the wall.
  • Once the primer is done, rinse the paint roller and pour the interior paint into your paint tray. Run your roller into the paint tray until it is evenly covered and then paint the wallpaper completely. Let the first coat of the paint dry before applying the second and third coat. If the wallpaper is very dark, you may have to apply a fourth coat to completely cover the dark wallpaper.
  • Use a razor blade to get rid of any bubbles that might have come up as a result of the wallpaper rising. You can cut a circle where the bubble has formed and put a coat of oil based undercoat. Now lay the folded bubbled area back on top and let the undercoat dry. Once the undercoat dries, paint the cut area to obtain a uniform look.
Other Methods
  • Make use of special painting techniques such as sponging to cover the wallpaper completely. If only paint is unable to completely cover the wallpaper, a special treatment might do the trick. Techniques like sponging can hide the wallpaper with bright colours and prominent patterns.
  • You can also try and apply Venetian plaster for which the wallpaper should be intact. You will have to put a paint primer basecoat before you plaster the wall. The primer will prevent the old wallpaper from showing through the plaster. It is advisable to colour the plaster before you apply it to cover up the wallpaper.
  • Another possible way in which you can hide the wallpaper is by using designer panels over the old wallpaper. There are many patterns, prints and solid panelling available at all home-decor stores which you can make use of.
  • You can also try putting decorative tin over the old wallpaper. Decorative tin usually comes in 12 inch and 24 inch squares. Tin squares come in many hues like faux copper, bronze, brass, silver, pewter and brushed gold, and you can choose the one that appeals to you the most. Most of these tin squares come with three-dimensional patterns, and these will add to the beauty of your walls.
  • You can also try covering the wallpaper with some fabric. Though fabric may last only for a short time, it is an effective and clever way to cover or hide the old wallpaper. However, fabric can also form wrinkles and can collect dust, grime and stains easily calling in for high maintenance.
  • Attach some special wall covering like cork or chalkboard. Chalkboard is a good option and is a great option for your child’s room or in the kitchen. You can also make use of mirror tiles to cover up old wallpaper. However, you will have to make sure the wallpaper is clean before using mirror tiles to cover it up.

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