Moving into a new house this week. In one room, the original owner had
paneling. The current owner bought some sort of paper at Home Depot, made
for covering paneling. It was a bedroom for two little girls. The paper's
some sort of sparkly pink crap. On top of that, they put a fairy-tale border
near the ceiling. This is going to be a home office, and I'll hurl if I have
to look at this for more than a few weeks. :-)
I've removed wallpaper borders before, but only from painted surfaces, and
it was easy. But, I get the feeling that if I remove the border as in the
past (sponge, warm water, gentle scraping), I'll ruin the paper underneath,
making it impossible to paint. And, that leads to another question: If the
border wasn't a factor, could I paint over this type of paper?
Or, should I just bite the bullet and rip off the paper, paneling, and deal
with whatever the plaster looks like underneath? I have no fear of plaster
repair, but I'd rather be doing other things.
Oh yeah, when you pull it all out, you have access to studs and can run
the wiring you want for a home office and part of the house of 2004. A
pair of coax and at least 2 CAT5 to two opposite corners (and perhaps a
cat5 from one to the other side) means that you have network and phone
and whatever else the near future holds on BOTH sides of the office.
Run it down to some room you declare the "wiring closet" and slap in a
When you want to add a WiFi AP somewhere in the house, you can connect
it to the office through THIS.
The heavy paper you're seeing CAN be painted over. And, I think you may be
pleasantly surprised at how easily the border comes off. Try that
first...you have nothing to lose.
I am stripping the same kind of paper off a bathroom wall, and the top
surface comes away easily, leaving the heavy paper base (over paneling).
Painting is then no problem.
But I agree, that if that doesn't work for you, it would be simpler to
remove the paneling than to try and sheetrock over it....AND the bonus of
being able to rewire or run cat 5 networking and phone lines.
My vote is rip out the paneling and deal with whatever you find underneath.
and who knows - you may be surprised - OR NOT. Altho channeling the 8 year
old girl in you is not a horrible idea <GAG>.
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