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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

You can use a flat tear-away bead to provide a clean finish to the drywall edge around the door. Before mud: After mud: Finished:
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How can I paint paneled walls covered in wallpaper?

If the wallpaper has good adhesion Tape the corners and apply a skim coat to the entire wall. The wallpaper will act as the taped seams over the plywood. It's a dusty, messy job. If the wallpaper ...
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Removed wallpaper, what’s this underneath?

If you've got drywall in the other rooms, then you've probably got drywall in the rooms you're dealing with. Most wallpaper paste used back in the 80's was a cellulose type. After it dries, which you ...
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Covering Up Some Old Wall Art

I would put a wood frame around/over it then cover the frame with a hardboard then decorate that. Many times that an internal framed wall has been removed to find things behind.
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How should I prepare papered plaster walls for tile?

It's going to depend on the tiles used. But in any case, wallpaper stripping is in order. That should bring you back to solid plasterboard, which is fine for most wall tiles. If you are putting really ...
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How can I remove very old wallpaper?

It is often faster and cheaper (particularly if you are paying for labor, so faster is cheaper, but merely saving your own time is good, too) to either cover the wallpapered wall with thin sheetrock, ...
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What is the best way to fix broken OLD plaster in a very old house?

tear it all down, replace with regular sheetrock / drwywall.
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

starting with, you need new hidden hinges. Then you can fill the gaps between the door frame and the stucco wall. To cover the gap and make the mud stick, use stucco mesh. It is slightly adhesive on ...
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How can I finish the frame of a hidden door without using trim?

If you are willing to do some rework (or for those future people who haven't done any drywall yet), you can use J-trim, sometimes called U channel or J bead. For example, here's the first link that I ...
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How can I remove very old wallpaper?

A wallpaper steamer, a scorer, a stripping knife and A LOT of patience. I had to remove 3 layers of wallpaper in a flat I just got. This flat was built in the 19th century so no doubt the oldest ...
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Should I paint over this wallpaper?

Oh boy!!! You definitely want to remove the wallpaper. Paint over wallpaper just doesn't work. You'll never know when it will just start to bubble up. I just removed all the wallpaper in my living ...
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Reinstalling curtain rod after wallpapering

If the old holes are still good, take pictures showing the holes with a tape measure that’s hooked onto something distinctive about the window casing (like a corner). A pic showing distance from the ...
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How can I paint paneled walls covered in wallpaper?

I had a similar problem in my house and I fixed it in two different ways. If the wallpaper was lose and looked bad, I attached thin 1/4" renovation drywall on the existing walls. This drywall is ...
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Do I need to remove remaining wallpaper backing before painting?

Those "brown spots" are the inside of your drywall's surface paper. You're actually pulling off the surface of the drywall (which is the gray you see adjacent to the brown). It's not a total disaster, ...
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Bad spackle job on wallpaper

I suspect from the way you worded the text of your question... Two months ago I hired painters to paint my home interior and to paint over the wallpaper. ... that it was partly your decision to ...
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Bad spackle job on wallpaper

"they would tear any lose areas, spackle the torn areas , and spackle the seams". Sadly, this never works. The fact that there are loose areas means that more can appear at any time. The painters ...
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Can wallpaper be coated with a protective finish?

Generally, yes - you can help protect the wallpaper with polyurethane. However, once the paper is on, it's not coming off without a complete overhaul (sand it all off and redo it), and you should be ...
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Can I wallpaper over spackle?

There are some types of spackle out there that claim they do not need primer over it, you may be safe with that, it is always recommended to primer under wall paper, it aids in the removal process ...
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Removing a wallpaper border which has been painted over

I had a similar issue and though it sounds like a lot of work and hard for a diy'er to do ( *I found a lot of sites that simply said call in a professional. ) However, for me that just wasn't an ...
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How should I prepare papered plaster walls for tile?

First of all: despite what the other poster says, drywall can be used as a substrate for tiles. I've done it in my bathroom 6 years ago, and it's still solid. Some caveats: you can't use drywall in ...
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Do I need to prime the mud for self adhesive wallpaper?

Defer to the wallpaper installation instructions, but absent of that, definitely it needs some sort of paint to seal the joint compound so it doesn't suck all the moisture out of the wallpaper ...
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Order of operations: new floor, new wallpaper and skirting boards?

If you had not already planned it, I would be removing the old carpet and padding first, along with the carpet tack strips. Rolled up carpet could scuff new wall paper, so why take a chance. So the ...
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I've stripped woodchip wallpaper with lead paint on it. I think I have all the dust in my carpet and furnitre. What do I do?

Likely non leachable so not much to worry about. Vacuum with hepa filter . Half madk while doing so . Dispose of in regular garbage . If it doesn't get runny when wet its non leachable and the risk ...
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I've stripped woodchip wallpaper with lead paint on it. I think I have all the dust in my carpet and furnitre. What do I do?

What can I do? You could get a sample tested for lead. For example there is a 3M product called LeadCheck. From what I've read: in the UK, lead-based paint was mostly used on woodwork. The relevant ...
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Hanging paintable wallpaper over paneling?

I have successfully done this with rental units. I may have gone overboard but this is what I did. Skimmed the grooves with DuraBond, scuffed the panels with a polesander while feathering the edges of ...
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Should I paint over this wallpaper?

I have experienced the trials of removing painted wallpaper. It is an absolute pain. The general principal of wallpaper removal is to get the paste wet. As use can imagine paint makes a very good ...
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How to remove waves from ceiling and paper from walls [picture]

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 (...
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What is the best way to fix broken OLD plaster in a very old house?

I ran into the same question (and the same wallpaper!) when I started working on my 1929 Craftsman. Others have touched on many good points but I'll share things I ran into. First, the easiest way I ...
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How to get this finish on a ceiling?

This is done with a special roller and common plaster/mud. It's just sort of hackle-dackle spackled on there, really amazingly cheap. The purpose is to roughen the surface to conceal lack of ...
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Floor to Ceiling wall mirror - Wallpaper?

I would use the "fake stained glass" window products that are commonly available if doing anything to this. "Privacy film", etc... You clean the glass and they are applied with a ...
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