Decorating & Furniture/wallpapering

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is it possible to wallpaper over existing wallpaper...?  and, can you paint over wallpaper, if so, any requirements for doing either one of these?  thank you...

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You can paint and wallpaper over existing wallpaper. The paper must be adhered to the wall and not coming off. If the paper is in bad shape, I would remove it with a steamer. To paint over the wallpaper, you will need to sand down any raised edges, and paint over the paper with a high hiding oil base primer. You can have the primer tinted in your wall color you will be using. You can prime over the wallpaper with an oilbase primer, but I would test a small area and make sure it holds. The paper underneath could be a problem. Test any procedure you decide to use, and good luck with your project.  

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I am a kitchen expert on Improvenet.com, Bob Villa.com and 27news.com. I answer questions on kitchen design, cabinet construction, countertops and their applications, wallpapering and paint questions. I am proficient in kitchen design, wallpapering, painting, and general decorating. You can find me on Improvenet.com by going to advice and resources, message boards, and experts. I answer questions on the message boards and you can view my answers there.

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I was a decorator and then became a kitchen designer. I was instrumental in opening 3 Lowe's kitchen departments, in St. Louis, Ohio, and Pa. and designed kitchens for Home Depot. In 2003, I gave a tool-time for women seminar, seminar at the Pa. Home Builder's Show on designing kitchens, and tv spots on home repair. I am now designing and opening a Kitchen Showroom for Kohl Building Products in Mechanicsburg, Pa. R>
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