I can’t think of a task that would make me run faster from home improvement more than trying to remove old wallpaper. Yes, there are ways to do it, but with at least two alternatives that can save your sanity and tons of time, I ask why? I’m going to divide the two methods into two parts. Part 1 will be “Venetian Plaster”.
Venetian Plaster directly over wallpaper-Before and After
Venetian Plaster can be purchased in a variety of pre-mixed colors from Lowe’s; the tools they also sell for the product are useful. It is a wonderful product that gives you a warm custom look faux finish once it is done. The beauty of this product is that it is easier than you might think, it covers old wallpaper like a champ and the layers and depth of the finish is entirely within your control. Although slightly pricier than a gallon of paint (around $32) and coverage is half of what a typical gallon would cover, think of it as “time saved” for the investment. I used about 1 and 3/4 gallons for a dining room that is approximately 140 square feet.
Here are the basic steps before covering any wallpaper: