I saw a house recently that has wave pattern on the ceiling and paper on walls. What would I need to do to make ceiling flat and remove the paper to paint it?

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Thank you

  • you may not want to see what those waves are hiding. – Jasen Sep 28 '19 at 0:30

There are many approaches. One of the least labor-intensive (but folks who have not gone down the route of removing wallpaper, etc. almost never believe it) is to apply a new layer of drywall (thinnest you can source) over the walls & ceiling you don't like the paper/texture on. That spares you from hours of steaming wall paper and fighting with the resulting wall (usually not) taking paint nicely, and filling and/or scraping off the ceiling texture. You may need to extend electrical boxes, but you get a nice new paintable surface without the fuss of removing the old one.

Or, if electrical or insulation upgrades would be good anyway, rip out the existing drywall and replace it.

Of course, if you "saw a house" the easiest approach is to not buy that one. If you buy it anyway, letting it be for a year to see if you still hate it enough to bother is often worthwhile.

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    I will add that you should at least try to remove the wallpaper. We got lucky in one bathroom and the paper pulled off with no tools or chemicals. The other rooms are terrible and super hard to remove, even with a steamer. – JPhi1618 Sep 24 '19 at 15:37

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