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How to Remove Wallpaper Before You Paint

The good news about the unpleasant wallpaper that’s been bugging you is that it is not permanent and there is a straightforward way to take it off before painting the walls. There is nothing worse than a wall with old wallpaper that you don’t even know what you thought when you put the wallpaper in the first place. Don’t worry; this is an easy fix. Just follow these simple steps below, and you’ll be ready to paint in no time.

You’ll want to start by taking everything off the walls, including accessories you might have that can get in the way of this part of the project. Not taking everything away from the walls can result in items being damaged or possibly destroyed, so do yourself a favor and take everything off from the walls before you start removing the wallpaper.

Next step is to remove all furniture from the room, if possible. It is going to get messy in the room, so to avoid any potential damaged to your furniture, it is best to remove it from the room for the time being. You’ll want to have as much space available not to be incommoded by furniture that doesn’t need to be there.

The place where you want to start is at the corner or seam of the wall and hope that the wallpaper will peel off easily. Try using a putty knife to pry the edge of the wall covering and then pull the wallpaper down and repeat the process as necessary for the remaining walls. If for any reason the wallpaper doesn’t come off easily, you’ll need to use a razor knife and make straight cuts in multiple places, then proceed to peel it off. This trick should do the job for most wallpapers that are hard to peel off, and although it requires more cutting, it will make it easier in the end.

You’ll need to repeat this process all across the room and ensure you have not missed any spots on the walls. Missing any spots can cause the paint not to stick properly and also could look visible to the naked eye.

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