How To Remove Wallpaper

All wallpaper can be removed, but modern wallpaper makes the job much easier.

All wallpaper can be removed, but modern wallpaper makes the job much easier.


Removing wallpaper is one of those tasks we put off for a long time. If one or more of your walls is covered in wallpaper installed by the previous owner of the home, you probably avoid removing it because you don’t want to damage the walls. Or you think it will be a nightmare job. But there is no reason to let this faded paper cramp your decor. Removing wallpaper is a job that can be done by anyone, so long as they follow a few guidelines. This article will examine those guidelines and walk you through the safe and headache-free removal of the most stubborn wallpaper.

First you will need to do a small test to determine what type of job you are dealing with. Find an edge at one of the corners of the wall and attempt to peel the paper back. If it peels away easily, it means the wallpaper used was strippable and will be relatively easy to remove. Removable wallpaper is among the most common sold today. If it tears and leaves paper backing or dried adhesive, it means more work.

But this doesn’t mean it will be impossible. Certainly, there are some jobs more difficult than others. Wallpaper installed improperly, without primer, with too much adhesive, these things can cause problems. But for the most part it will still be removable if you follow these steps. We will proceed assuming the wallpaper did not peel easily from the wall and requires more effort to be removed.

Purchase a wallpaper removal solution. This can be found in any home improvement or decorating shop. Some of these solutions require mixing with water. Whatever you have, follow the instructions and make it ready for use. The next step is to score the paper. This can be done with a wallpaper scoring tool. These tools are also available at home improvement stores and are relatively inexpensive. You will want to use the tool to score the paper across the area where it will be removed. This puts small cuts into the paper without damaging the wall beneath. These cuts will allow the removal solution to absorb behind the paper, where the adhesive lies. After scoring the paper you will need to apply the removal solution. This is usually done with a spraying device that is sold along with the removal solution. It can also be applied with brushes. Follow the instructions on the removal solution being used. Allow the liquid to soak for the recommended amount of time.

After sufficient time has passed, the wallpaper should be ready to peel off. This will most likely need to be done with a wallpaper knife, which is a broad blade that will peel back the paper without damaging the surface of the wall. Most likely you will encounter trouble spots. Removable wallpaper is common today, but adhesives used long ago are more difficult to remove. Most of the wallpaper should scrape off but sections will be more stubborn. When you encounter those, apply more removal solution and move along with your removal. Once the easy parts are done you can revisit these spots, which have had longer time to soak. Eventually, the adhesive should break down and the paper should scrape off with the wallpaper blade. When you are finished spray the entire wall once more with the solution. Allow it to soak for a while, and then do one more sweep with the wallpaper blade, ensuring the wall is free of adhesive and paper and ready to be re-papered.

More Uses For Adhesive Contact Paper

Adhesive contact paper comes in many styles, such as wood grain.

Adhesive contact paper comes in many styles, such as wood grain.

Adhesive Contact Paper is a very versatile product. It can be used to line shelves and drawers, protecting the surface underneath. It can be used in arts and crafts, such as in stenciling projects. It can be used to decorate and resurface furniture and appliances, even computers. But one type of adhesive contact paper has more specialized uses. Wood grain adhesive contact paper creates the look of wood and because of that has very specific and valuable uses.

The most common uses for this product are to line or resurface furniture. This can be necessary because the surface is damaged, stained or just the wrong color for the room. Or it can also be done completely change the look of something made of plastic or metal, when a wood look is preferred. This works for bookcases, shelves, desks, coffee tables and even kitchen cabinets.

Other uses for this product include smaller, more personal items. Some people are particular about their notebooks, sketchbooks or diaries. To personalize, customize and make them your own, you can use wood grain adhesive contact paper. Simply apply the paper to the outside of the book and allow the glue to set. Then trim around the edges to fit.

Other personal items that are often improved with this style of paper include computers. Applying wood grain paper to the outside of a laptop or tablet provides a stunning effect and lets your computer stand out from the crowd. This is nice for the attractiveness, but it also helps with security. If you have a computer that looks like it’s made of wood, you’ll be sure to be able to keep your eyes on it and a potential thief will think twice about taking it.

Another place where the paper can be used is one that is often overlooked. The backsplash. This is the part of the kitchen wall between the bottom of the cabinets and the countertop. This area is often covered in granite or another stone, but those products are expensive and not right for every kitchen. Another, cheaper way to protect that part of the wall from cooking stains and still provide a nice look is to use wood grain adhesive contact paper. This gives you the look of wood without the expense. And since it’s contact paper, it is easy to wipe clean or even replace without considerable expense or effort. There are so many uses for this product. The ones discussed here are only a small fraction. Look around at the things in your home and you just may stumble upon another use no one else has considered.

When To Use Paintable Wallpaper

Nothing compares to the texture and versatility of paintable wallpaper.

Nothing compares to the texture and versatility of paintable wallpaper. York photo.

Paintable Wallpaper offers a texture and versatility not offered by other types of wallpaper. It can be used in large, open rooms with dramatic effect. It can also be used in long, narrow spaces where decorating options are limited. In short, paintable wallpaper can be used in just about any room of the home.
To know when to use it, consider your current decor and the design you are targeting with the project room. Paintable wallpaper is one of the more luxurious types of wallpaper. It comes with a raised texture that affords the look of carved wood, plaster reliefs or embossed fabric. The paper is very thick and heavy, which makes it perfect for covering difficult troublespots or rough, uneven walls. Here are three examples of when it’s the perfect time to use paintable wallpaper:
Many different styles and textures are available with painted wallpaper.
1.) You want the look of luxury but don’t want to break the bank. This might be true when you are redecorating your great room or your master bathroom. You want the room to be one of the home’s high points. You want to show it off. You want your artistic vision and taste to be visible through every inch of the room. For these occasions, paintable wallpaper is the right tool to use.
Once you hang paintable wallpaper, all that's left is selecting the right paint to match your decor.
2.) You want to be able to change the decor in the future without changing the wallpaper. This is true for many people who are either professional decorators or serious hobbyists. You love changing the look and feel of every room in your home, but you don’t want to break the budget by purchasing and hanging new wallpaper with each change. This is when paintable wallpaper is worth the time and investment. Not only can it be hung white, which offers a beautiful effect like intricately carved plaster. But it can also be painted. More than once. Once hung properly, the paper can be painted multiple times, just as a bare wall can be. This is one more added benefit of paintable wallpaper.
Painted or unpainted, this wallpaper can match any decor.
3.) The existing wall is rough or damaged. This is often the case with older homes that are being remodeled. Sometimes existing wallpaper has been improperly removed, causing damage to old plaster or drywall. Sometimes the wall is not square. Sometimes the wall is brick or concrete. In all these circumstances, paintable wallpaper can be used. The thickness of the paper allows it to cover even drastic imperfections on the wall to which it is applied. This can save considerable costs when compared to repairing or even replacing troublesome walls. Paintable wallpaper turns those old and ugly walls into beautiful, luxurious rooms.