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ChadPropst
Replacing/Covering Aging Wallpapered Ceiling
ChadPropst

We recently bought a house and a small guest room has a vaulted ceiling that was wallpapered probably 20-30 years ago. Since then, it has been painted white. Now the seams are starting to sag & the ceiling is looking old. What are some good fixes for this? Should I try tearing down the wallpaper? Plaster over the wallpaper & paint? I don't know what to do! I basically just want a simple, smooth, clean looking, white ceiling.

Re: Replacing/Covering Aging Wallpapered Ceiling

the best way would be to remove the wallpaper, it is not an easy or quick process from my experience but well worth it. I have done it a few times and found that the older the wallpaper is the harder it is to remove. You want to make sure you get all of the glue off as well as the wallpaper. After it is removed you will most likely need to skim coat the surface. This was the case for me on over half of my wallpaper removal projects. good luck

dj1
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dj1

Working on ceilings is hard and frustrating. Consider removing the drywall and installing new OR attaching new thin drywall to the existing drywall. Then mud, sand, prime and paint. Much easier.

ordjen
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ordjen

Unless the wallpaper is massively failing, I would consider leaving it in place and patching where the paper is coming loose, usually the seams. Take a single edge razor blade and cut back the paper to where it is adhered. Pull the loose paper away and then feather the edge with 100 grit sandpaper. Go over the entire surface, tapping on the paper while listening for a "hollow" sound characteristic of loose wallpaper. Where found, cut out the area and feather the edges. Once you are satisfied that all loose edges and areas have been removed, prime the entire ceiling with an oil based primer such as the Original Kilz or Cover Stain. This will allow you to patch and feather these areas with drywall compound without the moisture from the compound from further lifting the wallpaper. Once sanded smooth, again prime the area, but this time you can use a water based primer. Finally, finish with an acrylic/latex paint. "Ceiling" paints will have a very flat finish and help hide any unevenness you might have missed.

This is still a fair amount of work, but far simpler than the other suggestions posted here. Removing wallpaper is never fun, even when not having been painted. Add in working overhead and it is especially difficult.

I would agree that when possible, I always prefer to take the old paper off, but sometimes it just ain't worth it!

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