First, the good news: non-woven wallpapers can usually be removed from the wall train by train and without any further aids. Easy and fast.
On the other hand, the removal of paper wallpaper, including the now unloved woodchip, which in many apartments directly in several layers one above the other sticks to the wall, is more elaborate. If you want to lend a hand, only one thing helps: Soak the walls over a large area with wallpaper remover and then remove the paper with a spatula or a steam wallpaper remover.
Or you have this job done by a painter in your area.
Another strategy requires fiberglass wallpaper, which can also be found in many living spaces because of their anti-allergenic effect. Because the particularly robust material made of woven glass threads is brought to the wall with a non-water-soluble adhesive and can then hardly be removed without damaging the plaster.
Variant 1: coat glass fiber wallpaper
Of course, if you can live with the structure of the fiber, painting over is the simplest option. The good thing about it: Unlike other types of wallpaper, you do not have to worry about the wallpaper coming off the wall with the new layer of paint - not even on the twentieth coat of paint.
Variant 2: Re-plaster fiberglass wallpaper
If you do not like the structure of the glass fiber wallpaper, only one thing helps: plaster. Since the plaster will suffer anyway when removing the glass fiber wallpaper, you can easily save the removal and instead use the fiberglass wallpaper as a stabilizing interlayer or stable base for the new plaster.
Often a bucket of paint is enough to make ugly wallpaper disappear, because not only glass fiber wallpaper, but also most patterned wallpaper are suitable for painting with wall paint - with the exception of plastic-coated non-woven wallpaper.
If you are unsure, it is best to test in an inconspicuous place whether normal emulsion paint adheres to your wallpaper and how the structure that may be present under the new color will work. If the paint does not adhere or cover sufficiently, you can alternatively resort to latex paint or prime the surface with a special primer.
Tip: You can test whether the wallpaper will stand up to a new coat of paint with a damp sponge: moisten the wall with a little water in an inconspicuous area. If bubbles are created or the wallpaper peels off, it should always be removed or replaced.
Wallpaper on wallpaper? Even if the existing wallpaper is a smooth, thin paper wallpaper, you should remove the old wallpaper as possible. First of all, re-wallpapering also softens the old paste and, in the worst case, removes entire strips of old wallpaper from the wall. Secondly, even a previously barely visible structure of the wallpapered wallpaper appears clearly on the new surface - including the old seams, which significantly reduce the enjoyment of the new wall decoration.
Rolling plaster is, as the name already suggests, applied with a simple foam roller, a technique that can be easily mastered even by laymen. Whether you can make your unloved Raspasertape or other, finely structured paper models disappear under one or more layers of rolling plaster, depends very much on whether the wallpaper background is glued stable enough.
To test this, proceed as described under point 3. If the surface remains bubble-free after the sponge test, you should remove larger unevenness in the next step and if necessary, apply a primer as a primer. Subsequently, the rolling plaster can be applied in coarse or fine grain.
You are in the mood for another material? With a wall cladding made of wood you save yourself the annoying removal of the wallpaper. How about, for example, plywood panels that are particularly suitable for Scandinavian-style rooms?
But also wall panels made of other materials give rooms a completely new look without much effort - while concealing the ugly wallpaper underneath.
Interchangeable: wall panels conquer the living space
Even the classic wood paneling can transform the ambience. And maybe the old pattern wallpaper as a narrow strip suddenly looks very stylish again ...
13 ideas for a stylish wall paneling made of wood
And what about your walls? Do you prefer smooth plastered surfaces or do you also like to access the pattern wallpaper? Share with us your best ideas.