Wallpaper to Paint--Transformation of a Room
I am not going to try to tell you that removing wall paper and then applying paint it a easy job. The pictures form the job below, which included a small bathroom that did not have wallpaper on it, took over a week to finish.
First, you must remove the old wallpaper. If sizing was used, which is the proper way to put wallpaper up, then it should be a fairly easy, but time consuming, process. If sizing was not used, it becomes much more time consuming and the wall will get much more damaged.
Second, if there still a lot of paste on the walls you should sand them to smooth it out. Then you have to either use Gardz or an oil primer to seal the remaining paste on the wall. I used Gardz. If you do not do this, the waterborne paint that you put on the wall will reactive the paste, and the paint will not go on properly.
Third, you need to make repairs to the wall. Fill the holes and skim coat the damages caused when you removed the wallpaper.
Forth, you need to prime all of the repairs. If you make a lot of repairs it might be easiest to just prime the entire surface. This ensure that you will not miss any of the repairs which will cause flashing when you apply the finish coat.
Fifth, you finally get to paint the walls the color that you have been dreaming of all of those years that you looked at the aging wall paper.
Take a look at the pictures below. The are organized from start to finish. The bathroom did not have wallpaper on its walls. the room is obviously not completed. The home owner is going to have new doors put on the bathroom and closet, and crown molding and baseboards will be installed. This made cutting the ceiling much easier.