remove wallpaper with scrapperToday we will go over how to strip old wallpaper, prepare it all so the walls are ready for painting or hanging new wallpaper.



Materials and tools needed:

  • a steam wallpaper stripper
  • various scrapers 
  • quick drying filler 
  • sandpaper 
  • or if you prefer and electric sander 
  • a bucket of warm water, and a sponge.

Now there are many types of wallpaper that you may come across that need stripping, in this example we are discussing removing a woodchip paper. It is very common in old houses and very stubborn to get off as well.

scrapping toolThe best way I have found is with a heavy duty scraper. You start off by just taking the top surface of woodchip of the paper itself. Now the great thing about using a scraper to scrape off all them chips of wood out of the wallpaper is that it allows your soapy water to penetrate through.

What tends to happen with this woodchip wallpaper, if its been there for years. Many people might have painted it with a satin paint, or a silk paint and all of a sudden it creates a bit of a waterproof finish on there, and your water will just slip off. By scoring it, it allows it to soak through and then you can strip it off a lot easier.

Electric steamers are a great way of getting the wallpaper off when it is really stubborn, you fill them up with warm water, turn it on and once it gets to boiling point the steam comes through the pad, you place it onto the surface and let it build up for a while, and once you remove it the paper starts to come off a lot easier.

Once you have stripped all of the wallpaper off, its a dirty job but it is certainly worth it, you might find that you have got some small defects in the existing plaster work where it is breaking away. You must repair these before you put your new paper on.

Get yourself a paintbrush with a little bit of water on it and wipe it across, that will take off all the dust.

That will help the new adhesive actually stick to it. Now getting a quick drying filler and using a standard scraper, apply that in making sure that you are covering all of the hole. Once you have covered that, leave it for about 5 or 10 minutes, smooth it off a little bit more and once it is fully dry and cured you can sand over it and your ready to paper.

Now you have left the filler to dry, it is ready to sand down before you start painting or wallpapering. Now if you have got a lot of sanding to do, it may be wise to invest into a good electrical sander.  

Before you paint or wallpaper the wall, it is going to need sealing. I have diluted some PVA with cold water and am simply applying this on with a roller.

Tools and Materials needed for hanging lining wall paper

  •  your wall paper guide knife 
  • decorating scissors 
  • a scraper 
  • your brushes 
  • wall paper smoother 
  • a tape measure 
  • a pencil 
  • and adhesive to apply the paper with.

The first stage is to measure and cut your paper correctly. Once you have measured and you have got the correct size of your walls at home, allow an extra 4 inches both top and bottom to allow it to be cut nice and tight against the ceiling and the skirting board.

When cutting your paper to shape, make sure that you get a nice 90º degree cut on there, roll the paper back over the one below, line it up both top and bottom, then put a crease down one edge. Then using your decorating scissors, cut it down to length.

It is always wise to work out how many lengths of wallpaper you are going to require to do the full wall or full room. It is far easier and cleaner marking it out and cutting them down to size while the pasting table is clean.

Next, applying the wallpaper adhesive is really important, it can be put on two ways, one with a four inch paintbrush or the second way is with a roller. Either way you have got to cover the entire area of the paper, making sure you have got an equal amount all the way across.

Now you have pasted your paper to the full length of the board, what you are going to need to do is slide it along, it is okay to lap it on top of one and other and that allows you to slide the paper along and get to the other end.

Once you have pasted the whole length of paper it is very important to apply it to the wall straight away. Lining wallpapers can be fitted horizontally or vertically. Using you wallpaper smoother, start to come down the center to start with, then working out from left to right, making sure that there is no air bubbles and not too much adhesive behind the paper.

It is very important to trim the bottom of the paper down so that it is a nice snug fit to the skirting board. A great way of doing this is after using your wallpaper smoother, take it down as far as you can, nice and tight into the skirting board. And then get your scraper and just do a gentle line, be careful you don’t tear the paper, you just want to create a nice crease nice and tight to where the skirting board meets the bottom of the plaster.

Once you have got your crease, if you pull that away you should be able to identify exactly where it is. Taking your decorating scissors, slowly and carefully cut along your crease. Once the paper is in place and completed, using a damp cloth wipe down the walls either side.

When about to hang the last piece of wallpaper nice and tight into the corner. You will want to cut the width to size.

This is going to make it easier to paste up first and then also to apply it and cut it nice and snug into the corner. Now as mentioned earlier, the last piece is the smallest piece, and I want to give it a nice tight fit into the corner. But of course, corners are never perfectly square or level, so it is a great to use one of these decorating brushes to stab it in nice and tight into the corner and that kind of curves around the shape of the corner.

And then again score it using your scraper, and then you can trim it down using you decorating scissors the same way as you do the top and the bottom. 

And that is your lining paper now complete, let this fully dry out for about a week and then it is your choice whether you want to paint it or wallpaper over it. 

If you want any further tips on DIY skills or any information on the tools we have used, please message me for advice.

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