Home & Garden Maintenance & Repairs

Painting over Wallpaper When you are Ready to Sell Your Home

Depending on how old your home is, you may have wallpaper on your walls.  This was once a really great way to decorate a home.  However, it is not as popular as it once was and is rarely enjoyed much anymore.  You may need to paint over your wallpaper to help sale your home. This is especially true if you are living in an older home and the wallpaper is outdated and faded.  You may be considering painting over the wallpaper but you are not sure where to begin or how to prepare to make sure that the paint does not look likes its covering up wallpaper.  

Try following these simple tips and tricks:

1.)   You will want to start by wiping off of the wallpaper.  This will ensure that you get all of the dust and dirt off of the walls. 

2.)   Take all of the loose wallpaper off of the wall.

3.)   Take 200 grade sandpaper and begin rubbing it on the walls where the old wallpaper was. This will help get the wallpaper glue off of the wall and it will make it easier to paint. 

4.)   Purchase primer and paint the walls with this first.  You may need to do this a few times.  It is best to take your time with this part so that you are sure you are covering any and all patterns on the walls.  This will help your final result be a success when you are finished. 

5.)   Consider the paint that you are going to be using because you want to purchase the correct primer for the best job. If you are going to be using oil based paint, you will want to use oil based primer. 

As long as you take the time to think about these things, you should have a lot of success painting your wallpapered walls. Make sure you choose the best paint color for your room.

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