Once wallpaper is removed, is it easier to paint or replace with new wallpaper?

Hoping to do some projects to our home this summer, and I have no clue. The wallpaper in the bathroom is peeling off and not sure which route is easiest.


Asked by lynn63042 at 10:55 AM on Apr. 26, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • removing the paper is the tough part, but buy some wallpaper stripper at the hardware store and it comes off fairly easy, then you can paint, which I find easier, or wallpaper again. In the bathroom you might want to go with paint due to moisture. Make sure you get hight gloss oil based formulated for bathrooms.

    Answer by luvschocolate at 9:34 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • Easiest for me is remove wallpaper and paint

    Answer by admckenzie at 10:58 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • That depends on how nicely the wallpaper removes. I don't personally like wallpaper. Unless you feel that you can put up wallpaper and make it look nice, if you make one small mistake, it looks cheap. Or you have to pay someone that can do it.

    I like paint, b/c its something I CAN do, and can do it well, AND I can change the color more often.

    Answer by lifeasinoit at 10:59 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • I would remove the wallpaper and then paint the walls. Depending on the condition of the walls you may have to sand them before you paint though. This is one of our summer projects too.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 10:59 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • it is faster to pain over wallpaper..but if it is peeling, it will look more finished to remove then paint. plus to paint layer over layer over wallpaper is bad and then even harder to remove. you can rent a steam machine, I 4get what it's called that you run over the wall and then the paper scrapes off easily. it heats up the glue. or you can buy a spray and then scrape. Having removed wallpaper that was layered on and or painted over..I would never paint over wallpaper for that reason. in a bathroom particulary because of mold.

    Answer by Kerinmomof2 at 11:01 AM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • if the paper was put on over drywall, you'll need to take extra caution when removing/scraping it off. use a steamer for better results. if this is the case, you'll need to prime/repair any holes,scraping lines in the drywall, sand, and prime again before painting. if you are texturing the wall, that step will come after sanding, and before priming (2nd time). its a process, but you'll love the results if you do it properly.

    Answer by thehairnazi at 12:29 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • we have plaster wall. taking down the ugly wallpaper when we bought our house (grass cloth, can you imaging?) took days and days. I would never put up wall paper!

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:15 PM on Apr. 26, 2009

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  • Remove and paint.

    Answer by kittie1919104 at 1:58 PM on Apr. 27, 2009

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