Using the proper technique to paint over embossed wallpaper can change your room from old fashioned to modern. Embossed wallpaper has raised patterns, typically in shapes or patterns. The embossed area is often a different colour from the background paper. This colour difference and raised areas bring about obstacles for those wishing for a plain painted room. There are ways to use the embossed paper as an advantage to redecorating a room.
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Change of Color
Often, redecorating of a room occurs when the occupant tires of the colour. The day in and day out view of the room becomes boring and the owner becomes restless. When a room has embossed wallpaper, often it is the colour combination that is causing the irritation. A small amount of paint can change this view. Use a small artist's type paint brush and an acrylic-based paint. Carefully paint only the raised or embossed areas on the wallpaper. If the paper has multiple raised patterns or shapes, try painting each shape a different shade of the same colour, or use two colours chosen to redecorate the room. Use masking or painting tape around the edges to avoid mistakes. Several coats of paint are needed for complete coverage.
Embossed wallpaper typically adds an elegant, dainty or very feminine look to a room. When the purpose of the room changes, this appearance becomes an unwelcome feature. Change the look from elegant to contemporary with a paint brush and clean rag.
Blot painting involves adding a coat of paint to a wall, then blotting chosen areas with a clean rag to create a uneven appearance to the colour. When blot painting on embossed wallpaper, the blotting process is applied to the raised areas. Paint the entire wall with your colour of choice. Wait only a few minutes, then carefully dab the clean rag on the raised areas. If the paper has multiple patterns or shapes, consider blotting or dabbing only one shape. This process decreases the colour in particular areas, giving the wall a contemporary, patterned look.
Paint and Putty
The patterns on embossed wallpaper are often the target of discontentment. The same flower or swirl pattern becomes an eyesore to the homeowner wishing to redecorate. With a little skill, wall putty and paint, the pattern disappears. Consult with a professional for the appropriate putty to use on the particular type of wallpaper.
Smooth the putty carefully around the embossed areas to fill in the interior of the designs or smooth around the edges to change the shape. Gently sand the edges of the putty with sandpaper. When dry, paint over the entire wall. The raised areas will be the shapes created by the putty instead of the original embossed shapes.
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