HOW TO PAINT WALLS AFTER REMOVING WALLPAPER

April 11, 2016

After stripping our wallpaper with a clothes steamer, the walls were mostly bare, but there was some glue residue and tiny paper scraps lingering. (In this photo, I have not painted yet, that is just what the walls underneath the paper looked like!)

STRIPPING WALLPAPER WITH A CLOTHES STEAMER from Rachel Schultz 6

To prepare the previously wallpapered walls for painting, the method I used was not all that different from what I used anytime I prep to paint a room (dust and scrub with soapy water).

This time, I bought a big sponge with a scrubby side and used a 1:1 water and white vinegar solution. This helped loosen any remaining glue and paper left behind. With a little spackling and sanding here and there to spruce things up, we were ready to paint.

HOW TO PAINT WALLS AFTER REMOVING WALLPAPER from Rachel Schultz

Our walls are weird and even when we have done a white paint going over another white it still takes three coats. I did not prime, but maybe will experiment with it in the future.

I also often buy the cheapest paint, so testing out higher quality ones might lead to less coats required. In here, I need two coats each of cutting in and with the roller.

Entryway

HOW TO PAINT WALLS AFTER REMOVING WALLPAPER from Rachel Schultz

The walls are Valspar Four Winds (love) and I am waiting to do the trim because I have bigger fish to fry.

Even though the dated wallpaper was neutral-ish, now that it is gone the continuous white makes the entire first floor feel larger and more open. And just like, CLEAN.

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Comments

  • Chris

    I just remembered something from a previous post – as I recall, you are the proud owner of a paint sprayer. That would make very quick work of all the doors, not just the louvered ones.

    • Rachel Schultz

      I’m hoping so! : )

  • Chris

    The walls look really good. Did you also paint the doors? At some point in our previous house, we painted louver doors – what a challenge to make them look even and not drippy…yours look great. In this house, fortunately we have all oak woodwork so no painting required. We just cleaned them really well when we moved in and just recently replaced all the door knobs. Anyway, looks good in your hallways!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Chris. We have not painted the doors… yet.

  • Katy

    I’m loving the updates on your house but I love that shirt even more!!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Haha, thanks. I actually swiped it from the husband’s drawer!

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