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Doris W. in TN
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Date: 10/26/12 9:58 AM

I know. Wallpaper is out. I know this.

Our kitchen re-do is in full swing. We had to peel back large amounts of wallpaper in various places when the soffits were torn out, and for drywall repair work. I want to keep this wallpaper because I love it.

It has a 'faux Venetian plaster' texture to it, so small imperfections will be camouflaged. It has a paper backing that separated and some of that is still on the back of the wallpaper.

Do any of you know the best way to re-glue the wallpaper?

I really, really, really would like to know the best way to go about re-gluing it to the wall again.

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Date: 10/26/12 10:43 AM

I've done it with either mod-podge or watered down Elmers glue. If the paper isn't torn and you are very careful, it should look fine.

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Date: 10/26/12 11:08 AM

Yikes, Doris.
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Date: 10/26/12 11:50 AM

I figure it's worth a try to glue up what I can. If it doesn't work, the other option is always to have it all taken down and I knew that from the get-go. The paper cost a small fortune (Arté) so I'd rather try to keep my investment.

There is another layer of wallpaper under there, with a coat of SHIELDZ as a sealer-primer on top of that. That first layer of wallpaper is not going to come down, at all. None of the houses in this neighborhood were primed properly for wallpaper, back in the 1980s when wallpaper was the thing.

I'll try to glue it with ModgePodge or Elmer's or something.. If that doesn't work, I'll call in some painters I have used in the past, and have it all removed.

Thanks for the input.
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Date: 10/26/12 12:15 PM

I like wallpaper and about 10 yrs ago papered a few rooms.

Those big open walls needed more than paint to add character!

I did prime first, just in case I wanted to remove the paper later on.

Since I was (and still am) an amature, there are a few places where the seams need to be pasted back down.

I have been using Elmers as it is water based (in case I want to remove the paper later) then holding the paper flat with blue painter's tape until the glue dries.

The builder painted the walls "Contractor White" and left the ceiling as is - raw plaster.

This was as big a deal as hanging wallpaper; first a sealer and then the paint!

Best wishes in getting the paper back into place. I saved my leftover paper and if you did the same, it may help with the patching.

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Date: 10/26/12 12:17 PM


Doris..hang in there.. a solution is not that hard to find.. First can you tell me if you have any extra of the same paper.. ? And also.. since its a kitchen area.. is there any paper you could ''borrow'' from behind the fridge, stove or so forth.. I have not any spare time this morning.. but as I get five minutes or so I will return.. DO NOT ditch or give up.. MANY Times you can cover the areas the paper is not right with other items.. such as pics.. or even since its a kitchen a tile mosaic or so on... Any additional info you can provide might help me here..
And I do often reglue here .. as in TX you get a lot of cracks.. but if you have any ANY of that paper unused left over.. tell me now.. so I can tell you how to patch properly.
Good there is primer underneath.. bad there is yet more paper.. lol Next time.. use a stearmer and remove it all.. or remove what you can.. and put a layer of drywall compound skimmed over it all and sand smooth as you can.. then prime and start again with paint or paper..

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Date: 10/26/12 12:18 PM

BTW.. Have you checked to see if this paper has been discontinued or not.. you might get lucky.. you can also find papers that have been discontinued on many sites.. including ebay.

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Date: 10/26/12 1:57 PM

poorpigling - we have some scraps left but that's it. The parts that were pulled away from the wall had to be done to facilitate drywall repair, new corner beading, etc. The paper was hung eleven years ago, came from Europe (Belgium), so there is no way I'd ever find any in 2012. I don't even know what the name of the pattern would be. But I love, love, love it and want to save it.

The painter, who is the drywall guy, will also be the wallpaper guy, so I'm going to talk with him beforehand, to see what he thinks. He is young, though, and was probably in high school when my wallpaper was hung in 2001. LOL THAT is why I figured some of my PR buddies would be experienced homeowners and have some wallpaper history.

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Date: 10/26/12 2:09 PM

Here is a picture, so that y'all know just now crazy I am. LOL

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Date: 10/26/12 2:12 PM

Here you can see the paper itself is not smooth, so any imperfections in gluing it down won't jump right out at the eye. I just had no idea what type of glue to use, etc.



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