How to paint woodchip wallpaper

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How to paint woodchip wallpaper
Before you paint, you'll need to smooth out the knobby surface. ( Images)

Woodchip wallpaper refers to a textured form of wallpaper that, while deft at hiding uneven or damaged walls, can give a room an industrial or less elegant atmosphere, particularly with the knobbly woodchips that protrude slightly from its surface. Removing such wallpaper is not only time-consuming, but can be an extremely difficult task to complete without damaging the walls behind. This doesn't mean you have to live with this kind of wallpaper; instead, by painting over such wallpaper you can adequately disguise it.

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Things you need

  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) all-purpose household cleaner
  • 4.54 litres (1 gallon) water
  • Bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Hammer
  • Caulk
  • Plaster for textured wallpaper
  • 2 paint rollers
  • Paint roller pan
  • Oil-based paint

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  1. 1

    Combine 60 ml (1/4 cup) all-purpose household cleaner in a bucket with water. Dip a scrub brush in the mixture and scrub down the walls vigorously. Allow them to air dry.

  2. 2

    Check the wallpaper for protruding nails, and hammer them down if you find any. Fill any cracks with caulk.

  3. 3

    Pour any brand of cover-up plaster designed for textured wallpaper into a paint roller pan and dip a paint roller into it. Apply an even coat to one area of the wall, then smooth over the coat with the flat edge of a trowel. Repeat this process until you've covered the entire wall. Allow it to dry overnight.

  4. 4

    Apply a coat of oil-based paint to the wall with a fresh paint roller. Work in even, uniform strokes until you cover the wall completely.

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