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Does painting on top of wallpaper look naff?

(44 Posts)
peckarollover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:41:51


rickman Mon 04-Jul-05 21:42:17

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MrsGordonRamsay Mon 04-Jul-05 21:42:23

In a word..............................

MrsGordonRamsay Mon 04-Jul-05 21:42:36


essbee Mon 04-Jul-05 21:42:55

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helsi Mon 04-Jul-05 21:43:00

it can do as some ewallpaper can bubble and become yacky (i have such technical terms).

Brother best mate is a decorator and he says best not to!!

starlover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:43:09

yes. definitely. looks like you're too cheap to take the wallpaper down and do it properly

plus, where it gets damp from the paint the edges of the paper will start to lift.


and you know what's even worse? on DIY shows where they paint over a border as well... and you can see it all underneath!

giraffeski Mon 04-Jul-05 21:43:38

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MrsGordonRamsay Mon 04-Jul-05 21:43:44

Oh Rickman..........(he is rather Yummy BTW)

You took my next line............

giraffeski Mon 04-Jul-05 21:44:25

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Janh Mon 04-Jul-05 21:44:40

Agree with rickman, it depends on the wallpaper. And even bumpy stuff is OK if you have crap plaster and the bumps are in a nice design (sorry, essbee!)

Janh Mon 04-Jul-05 21:45:09

I mean Anaglypta was designed to disguise rotten plaster.

essbee Mon 04-Jul-05 21:45:55

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Aero Mon 04-Jul-05 21:47:57

Depends on wallpapar. We did it and it looks absoultely fine - our paper was patterned but not textured. We were afraid to lift it in case the plaster came off too and we couldn't afford to have a professional do it. Don't think that makes us too cheap though! [slight frown emoticon]

starlover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:48:37

when we pulled the wallpaper down in our hall all the plaster fell off!

if you have shit plaster then get it re-done!

MUCH, MUCH, MUCH nicer than painting over wallpaper! you can see the seams more when it's painted, especially if they lift... then it just looks like you're too cheap/lazy/watch too much diy sos to do a proper job!!!

expatinscotland Mon 04-Jul-05 21:50:31

Aw, man, I HATE that! That's right up there with woodchip and artex for naff.

Aero Mon 04-Jul-05 21:50:39

Neither does it make us lazy . Not everyone can afford to have the huse re-plastered SL.

Aero Mon 04-Jul-05 21:51:53

Oops - typo - that's 'house'.
That said, I'd love to have it all done properly, but there are more pressing needs!

starlover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:53:46

just my opinion aero! yours may look ok... ones i've seen have all been awful.

peckarollover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:55:07

I want to paint the living room.

There is wallpaper up at the moment and cant bear the whole skimming process again after doing megans room 2 weeks ago.

The wall paper is plain but has a random self pattern of a square spiral every now and then. It is plain cream. I would just want to paint it a fresher brighter creamy colour.

I know that freshly plastered walls would look infinitely better was just wondering if it was acceptably naff or no no not ever naff

Janh Mon 04-Jul-05 21:57:28

becca, what kind of finish on the paper?

peckarollover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:58:25

every so slightly bubbly (i didnt put it up!)

popsycal Mon 04-Jul-05 21:59:25

we ahev done it loads
many linng paper though
btw missus
text me

Aero Mon 04-Jul-05 21:59:36

Acceptably naff in that case - IMO! Starlover, I like you and agree with you mostly, but I hope you never have to visit me - I'd dread what you might be thinking - lol.

starlover Mon 04-Jul-05 21:59:40

i would just wowrry about the edges peeling up..

my mum painted over her wallpaper and on some of the seams it's beginning to lift up where the paint made it damp.

so you may well do it, only to find you then have to take it all downa nyway!

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