well it took a week, working nights only to remove the woodchip of a 13'x13'
what do i need to do to prepare the walls for a new embossed wallpaper?
i am a novice when it comes to wallpapering.
I did hear that embossed wallpaper is the 21st century answer to woodchip.
Do yourself a favour and for those who follow - don't do it. Just paint the
walls neutral and then go mad on colour and design in soft furnishings,
carpet or rugs and curtains. If the walls knackered from peeling off all
that woodchip, consider getting in a plasterer to skim the walls.
Expensive, but it's a long term investment.
surprisingly the walls are in quite good condition. i only need to fill a
few bits near the plaster coving where i was over zealous.
i could not live with the woodchip as some of it was coming off where we had
a damp patch. (which is fixed now).
are you suggesting use an embossed paper or just paint the walls?
Personally, I'd just paint the walls. To me, embossed paper is just as bad
as woodchip and eventually goes tatty and/or out of fashion (if it was ever
in fashion!). Just keep it plain and simple, and then you get set the mood
in the room using things that can easily be changed (curtains, rugs, cushion
covers, duvets, etc).
All the walls in my house are painted pure white and to me it's the easiest
colour to live with. If white is too stark for you, then go for an
off-white. I recently painted my mum's lounge in Dulux Natural Whicker
(part of the Once range - although I did go over it twice), and it is a warm
relaxing colour. Before then she had patterned wallpaper which may the room
imposing and small.
I agree about painting the walls. It's simple, quick, cheap, anyone can do
it and if the Mrs decides she doesn't like the colour, it's going to hurt a
lot less if it's painted than if it's papered. One of my friends papered the
living room three times in a year! Grounds for divorce I'd say, but
whatever. I do two or three rooms every year, the wife chooses the colours,
I roll on the emulsion then get back on with my life.
I don't think I could be doing with all that white though.
Nothing. At least if the wall isn't too bad. I fill the holes, wait till the
filler is dry, sand off the ridges of filler, then a quick whizz over the
rest of the wall with the sandpaper just to give the new paint a key. I
might use sugar soap if the wall was bad or if there were smokers in the
I would use sugar soap and then clean water to get off the final bits of
glue. This is important if you plan to paint straight on.
I'd recommend that you line the walls first with 1400 lining paper to give
you a lasting, clean finish that keeps good acoustics for the room. A lot of
extra work, but worth it in the long run in my opionion.
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