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How to Strip Wall Paper

Stripping off wall paper from your wall does not have to be a difficult task especially if you have the proper tools and the knowhow of how to doing it in a simple and effective way. First remove all wall hangings and cover the floor and furnishings with a cloth.

Sample how easy the paper can come off by peeling off one side of the paper. If it comes out, continue to do this but leave out areas that seem to be engrossed to the wall. Once you have peeled off as much paper as you could, spray the remaining parts with any wall striper gel at your disposal and let it settle for fifteen or twenty minutes and use a knife to scrap it out.

If it does not come off completely, spray it again and repeat the process this time ensure you use a sponge to clean out the area and determine if the wall paper has come off completely.

Creating a Faux Venetian Plaster Look

nullThe art of creating a faux Venetian plaster look is slowly regaining popularity following the surge in the number of homeowners who want to recreate the look and feel of old-world European plaster walls in their living space. You can either hire a professional or use the ‘Do-it-yourself’ kits to achieve a Venetian plaster look in your home. The second option is better if you are a little cash-strapped.

Start by applying a thin coat of the tinted Venetian plaster with a trowel. Apply a second coat after about five hours to fill any voids. Once the entire surface is covered, let it dry for an entire day. The next day, you can start sanding the surface in a circular motion to give it a polished look. You can also use a steel trowel instead of the sand paper for this process. Finish off by applying a top coat of a water-based glazing liquid for durability and protection.

Painting over Existing Wallpaper

nullFor those redecorating their homes and looking for tips to paint over their existing wallpaper, this is the place to be. Before you begin painting on your wallpaper, it is important to repair the damage areas. These include ripped, loose or damp sections and places with air bubbles underneath the wallpaper.

You can fix these easily with some glue or joint compound mix that should be applied on the seam of the wallpaper or on the entire surface in case your wallpaper is textured. This will give an even finish to the surface.

Leave the surface to dry, following which you need to smoothen it out by using a sand paper. Thereafter, you can start painting on your wallpaper, lest it is dark colored. In that case, you need to first apply a sealer that will prevent the wallpaper color to be visible through the paint. It is best to choose a high quality house paint to ensure its longevity.