If you’ve recently started a painting project only to realize you’ll need to remove wallpaper followed by a wall repair project, don’t panic – I can show you how to fix it WITHOUT replacing the drywall.
Hello, hello! Welcome back for week #2 of the latest round of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We continue working towards making our formal dining room into a multi-purpose playroom with dining room potential. Our primary focus this week was on getting the room painted. We ran into problems immediately, as our home’s previous owners had painted over wallpaper not firmly affixed to the wall. Moisture getting underneath the loose paper resulted in significant air bubbles under the paint and forced us to remove the wallpaper before painting. Progress came to a screeching halt – as likely happened in your project!
If you’ve recently started a painting project only to realize you’ll need not only to remove wallpaper but also do some DIY Wall Repair, don’t panic – there is a way to fix this WITHOUT replacing the drywall – In seven easy steps!
DIY WALL REPAIR FROM WALLPAPER REMOVAL DAMAGE
1 Remove as much of the wallpaper as you can. If you’re working with vinyl wallpaper, the vinyl top will pull away easily, leaving the glued paper backing stuck to the wall. You can use a solution of fabric softener and warm water to remove a large portion of this. A heat gun will also help to soften the glue and move the process along more quickly. If you’re dealing with paper wallpaper, such as we were, use a putty knife and your fingers to scrape as much paper off as you can!
2 Use a rough cloth or sponge with either 1:4 vinegar and water or wallpaper paste remover to remove residual glue. Rinse with water and let dry.
3 If you also removed part of the drywall paper, you’ll need to seal this paper with an oil based primer before applying any spackle patches. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a drywall paper bubbling mess. We like Zinsser shellac-based primer. Apply it directly to the paper, let dry.
4 Sand and scrape the wall after priming to remove any remaining paper and smooth down any rough areas. Re-prime and repeat as needed until there are no loose paper edges exposed.
5 Fill any large gouges and holes with 2-3 thin coats of drywall compound – the smoother the finish, the less sanding you’ll have to do. Be sure to feather the mud at least a few inches out past the damaged areas for easier sanding.
6 On the areas where there the drywall paper was removed, we ran a skim coat over the entire surface because the damage was so extensive.
7 We’re not professional drywallers. As a result, our finish is usually less than smooth. Use a damp cloth to wash away large bumps and lumps of drywall compound, then sand smooth. Apply drywall primer, let dry, then paint to your heart’s content!
We choose a lovely greige neutral, Glidden’s ‘Smooth Stone’ in an eggshell finish, for greater washability and added brightness.
Finally, we have a fully painted room!
So, there is a bit more painting to do, and there are still a few things to come in on order. We’ve got to get cracking on the building of the table and completing the built-ins. I also still need to find artwork. I’m seriously considering the purchase of a paint sprayer in the coming weeks. Maybe Santa will gift me early! Wish me luck!
Be sure to take a peek at all of the other participants as well! Some AMAZING designs are coming out of this challenge – you don’t want to miss it!
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