It's necessary at times for one to be able to painting over old wallpaper.

You could also decide to remove the wallpaper and paint the walls themselves.

By reading the how to instructions below you should be able to find the wallpaper repairing and painting information that your looking for.

If after doing the wallpaper removal test mentioned on the following page and you decide to take off your old wallpaper then you can click on this remove wallpaper glue link for help you get rid of the dried on sticky stuff.


Painting over old wallpaper in most cases is not recomended. Painted wallpaper isn't as appealing as a wall that's had the wallpaper removed and the wall surface repaired, primed and painted.

With that said in my experience I have found some wallpaper is just not possible to remove without destroying the finish of the wall's surface. Also, in some situations surfaces under the wallpaper is so poor that you don't want to remove the wallpaper for fear of creating a larger more costly problem.


To test and see if your wallpaper can be removed easily, fill a hand held water sprayer (plant mister) with hot water and a couple tablespoons of vinegar.

With your vinegar water solution mixed together spray seam of the wallpaper. The area where the seam is located should be as inconspicuous as possible (in case the paper gets torn). After the water vinegar solution has sat on the wallpaper for a few minutes try and remove the wallpaper.

When removing the wallpaper you might need the help of a 3" to 4" wide drywall knife. Keep in mind, you don't want to marr the walls surface or destroy the paper while you do your test as you may end up painting over the wallpaper and prior to painting you will want to glue the wallpaper back on that you just tried to remove.

If the paper doesn't lift from a walls surface easily, proceed to the next step of painting over old wallpaper.


Here's a list of tools and materials that you might need to help with your painting over old wallpaper project.

Before beginning a painting wallpaper job talk to your local paint dealer about tools, products and advice regarding the project at hand.

  • Paintable caulking (with gun)
  • Drywall knife (3" or so wide) and filler
  • Top quality primer (type recomended to coat wallpaper)
  • Top quality paint
  • Paint tray
  • Roller/cover, extension pole
  • Cut can
  • 2 1/2" sash brush
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Glue for wallpaper
  • Plastic, drop cloths, tape, masking
  • Medium grit sponge sander (for filled holes).


Procedures one uses when painting over old wallpaper are much the same as those to paint any wall in your home. To start your project you should move furniture, place drop cloths on the floors then cover and protect areas that you don't wish to get painted.


Before you paint over wallpaper repairs need to be done to any damaged paper that you may have. Wallpaper that is missing should be replaced or spot primed then smoothed out with drywall mud. Curling seams require re-gluing, holes should have non-water based filler applied and cracks caulked. Sand the filled areas as needed.

Your walls should be as smooth as possible in most cases though since each type of paper and wall surface is different because of texture a nice even uniform surface may not be possible.

Filling holes and seams in damaged wallpaper tends to make the filling job stand out. If your a little on the artistic side and the paper feels bumpy try and imitate the papers texture in the filler after the filler has dried a little.

What would work the best though is replacing the damaged paper with a square of the original wallpaper.

Seams that stand out can be filled with drywall mud. Just be sure to prime the wall first fill any holes and seams, sand the filler then re-prime the filler. With that said, not all seams can be filled and the only way to find out what your wallpaper seams will look like filled and painted is to test a small area with filler.

If you have a spot to test, that won't stand out to badly, you might want to see what your seam filling and painting over old wallpaper project is going to look like before doing an entire room.

In most situations it's best not to fill your wallpapers seams. Painted wallpaper with the seams showing and not filled looks like your old wallpaper in a different color.

As opposed to trying to make the surface not look like wallpaper and ending up (due to the drywall mud) with wide vertical lines on your walls surface.


Applying paint to your wallpaper consists of the same procedure as you would use to paint other wall surfaces.

The key to painting wallpaper is to do a quality job of preparation. Caulk around the room (if needed) where the wallpaper meets the ceiling, baseboards, and door or window trim

Glue down curled old paper then repair cracks or holes. Even after prepping properly you must use a primer that is specifically designed to go over wallpaper. Otherwise the paper might fall right off the walls while the paint is drying.

Talk to your local paint supplier regarding the best primer, paint and tools to use with your wallpaper painting project.

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