Wallpaper adds texture and design in a short amount of time that you can’t get with paint alone unless you’re a skilled artist. It can last you up to 15 years if installed properly. However, like many aspects of decor, you’ll probably grow tired of the patterns or colouring, especially if you decide to change up your colour scheme or design style. The existing wallpaper can feel outdated or be a bad fit for whatever plans you have next. Painting a wall or two is a quick way of changing up the room, but should you paint directly over your existing wallpaper or remove it altogether? That’s what we’re here to find out!

Wallpaper Removal

Removing wallpaper is a time-consuming process, especially if there’s more than one layer of wallpaper in your way. By removing it, you could very well be exposing hidden wall damage that’s accumulated beneath the many layers of textured paper. Aged wallpaper can peel away drywall or plaster, leaving your wall’s texture uneven and noticeable once it’s been painted over.

If your wallpaper has started to peel or rip away from the wall, it’s a sign that it’s time to replace or remove it altogether. If you plan on living in your home for several years to come, then it might be beneficial to remove the wallpaper and paint the wall with a colour you’ll be happy with for however long you’re there. Moving soon? Unless it’s completely outdated and does nothing for the room, then leaving it for future homeowners to enjoy. If you’re trying to remove wallpaper that’s already been painted over, then you’ll have an extremely difficult time removing it. It’ll be easier on you and your patience to paint directly over it.

Painting Over Wallpaper

Painting over wallpapered surfaces will guarantee that the drywall behind it will stay in one piece. As you won’t be spending the extra time ripping off the wallpaper section by section, painting it will save you a lot of time and energy. But to ensure that you have a flat surface to paint over, glue down any loose areas or replace them altogether. You wouldn’t want pieces of hardened wallpaper edges poking out of your freshly painted wall. To keep any wallpaper texture from peeking through, spackle the walls that are being painted. Use an oil-based painting primer to seal the paper and keep the paint’s moisture from disrupting the wallpaper below.

If you’re looking for a reliable and experienced painting service, then Demiri Painting and Decorating is the go-to company for all your painting needs! With dedicated painting contractors that are both fully insured and fully licensed, you can’t beat our affordable prices and excellent customer service. Located in Toronto, Ontario, we’re happy to service residential and commercial clients in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, Scarborough and more. With 100% customer satisfaction as our number one priority for over 16 years, be sure to call us or visit our website for a free quote.