Back To Top
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wexford, Pennsylvania 15090
Re: Painting over wallpaper
Sorry that didn't work for you JD. Our house was built in the late 60's and the plaster underneath also had no sizing, but was in pretty good shape otherwise. I can see where if the plaster was in bad shape that the steaming would be a bad idea. It's nice to know that there's someone else out there who hates wallpaper as much as I do.
When we did our kitchen (before the vinegar trick), it was a freakin' disaster. Gouges everywhere. We hired a guy (Harold the "Plaster Master.") He tried to patch the gouges in the wall, and I think he made a worse mess than we had. I nicknamed him Harold the "Plaster Disaster." All I can say is I feel your pain.
One thing we did, after we patched the best we could, was use a relatively flat finish paint (flat or low luster satin if I remember correctly) to hide the imperfections. That having been said, I still get irritated sometimes when I look at those kitchen walls.