So I moved into our house and the lady before me had faux finished the walls. I used latex paint and painted over everything. Ah, a fresh coat of paint.... NOPE! Well, she had painted over wallpaper and now its wrinkled in the corners and there are seams everywhere. Any suggestions other than taking it all down? It's everywhere, kitchen, breakfast area, living room and formal living room. I've thought of Venetian plaster but it just seems like it will continue to make it heavy. I need help!

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    The only proper answer is to take down the wall paper--which, alas, may be much harder to do now that it's painted. May be easier to just put up new sheetrock.
    – DA01
    Jan 29, 2015 at 4:58
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    @DA01 sounds like an answer (even if it is an unwelcome one).
    – bib
    Jan 29, 2015 at 13:11
  • I think we need several good pictures before we can make a call.
    – DMoore
    Feb 4, 2015 at 6:27

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Rent wall-paper steamers to remove the wall paper. Unfortunately, the latex paint will make it harder. You need to find a way to allow the steam to penetrate the latex. Use a scraper to scrape the paint, but not through the paper, so you don't damage the underlying wall surface. I've used rasps, cheese graters, etc. Just be careful you don't damage the walls too much!

  • Why the downvote?
    – Steven
    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:05
  • Probably from someone who upvoted DA01's comment. You answered the OP, who wished to save the drywall, correctly. However, that comment is the right answer (it's the only option I'd submit).
    – Mazura
    May 20, 2015 at 23:05
  • Steamer is the way to go. OP states that the wallpaper is wrinkled and there are many seams, so I think a steamer will take it down no problem.
    – ventsyv
    May 21, 2015 at 0:58
  • Be prepared to do drywall re-taping because those seams are going to need it and the steam will lift drywall tape too. Aug 17, 2017 at 2:13
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    There is a tool called a "Paper Tiger" that will make small puncture holes in wallpaper to make steaming easier.
    – DaveM
    Aug 17, 2017 at 3:35

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