|DINING ROOM BEFORE|
I have learned a lot of different techniques that have simplified the renovation a bit. . .One of them is painting over wallpaper instead of taking weeks stripping it down.
So when I started working on the Hubardeau, the first interior task was paint. . .Wallpaper dominated three rooms and a hall. . .dating the home greatly. . .I have to add here that in the past I have wallpapered many, many rooms myself. . .In fact, I once owned a home that had this exact pattern in that dining room. . .But an update would be in order there, too. . .with paint for a simpler style and a change. . .
I had several people tell me that painting the wallpaper would never work. . .but I knew it could be done. . .In fact, it was almost the only option. . .Behind the wallpaper were plaster walls. . .The paper had been applied with a stronger adhesive than the usual paste. . .This turned out to work great when applying paint but impossible to remove the paper before the application. . .
|CUT OVERLAPS AND SPACKLE "DITCHES"|
The secret to success are a few important prep steps:
The old wallpaper has to be firmly stuck to the wall. . .Any tears or places the paper is loose from the wall has to be addressed. . .
If the wallpaper overlaps, with a razorblade or box cutter, cut out the overlapping area and spackle to fill in the "ditch". . .Once the spackle is dry, sand lightly until smooth. . .(See photo above). . .
Now, go over all the walls with a damp rag to be sure they are smooth for painting. . .
|PRIME AND PAINT|