Painting over "tight" wallpaper

by Shirley

Jennifer, I saw your article in March 6th's Daily News Journal. I have been saving it, and marveling over your bravery and great ideas.

I have a living room that is papered, an older paper, at that. It seems to be really tight to the wall, and I am tempted to paint over it. I have heard where there are circumstances where this can work.

We are on a strict budget, and my husband is very "retired"; but he is willing to help me with this endeavor. The paper is in shades of yellow stripe w/small flowers, pinkish. I will probably want to stay in the yellow family, as it is a happy color. What process do you recommend for this?

It is a large room, about 30 years old, normal height ceilings.

I would appreciate hearing from you soon.

Thank you so much,



YES, you can paint over wallpaper that is adhered tight to the wall. Just double check everywhere on the wall to make sure that there isn't any loose pieces. If there are, just glue them down tight.

Next, you will want to prime with an oil-based primer. Using an oil-based primer will not reactivate the glue.

Then you can paint over your primer with a water-based paint. Normally, you cannot paint over an oil-based paint with a water-based paint, but, oil-based primer is different.

I would choose a low sheen such as eggshell. A lower sheen will help hide your wall irregularities.

Have a great day my fellow Murfreesboro friend!

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