Decorating & Furniture/Removing wallpaper


Hi Jenny,
I would like to remove the hideous wallpaper from a small 6'x5', no window, guest restroom.  I have never had any experience with wallpaper and would like to avoid repapering.  Can I get away without replastering?  If so, what types of wall treatments can I use?  Thanks for your help!

Start by visiting your local home improvement or hardware store and talk to a customer service rep in the wallpaper department.  Depending on the kind of wallpaper you have to remove, s/he will guide your purchases.  Inevitably you'll need a scorer, a scraper and perhaps a solvent to dissolve glue.  You may need a steamer as well.  See if you can peel any of the wallpaper off easily.  (They'll ask you that at the store!)

Using the proper materials you should not need to replaster/replace drywall.  You should be able to paint and never have to look at wallpaper again!


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Jennifer Taylor Wojcik


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