Do you have wallpaper on your walls, but you would prefer to have painted walls? Perhaps you just moved into a cozy new place, and the wallpaper was already there when you moved in. Some people go through stages where they like wallpaper and then develop a new taste for painted walls. Whatever the case, you may have been told that you will need to strip the wallpaper from the walls before you can paint them. This is not always the case, and the following information can help you make your dream of painted walls a reality with minimal hassle.

Repair holes and sand uneven areas.

This is an important step that you may recognize because it is required when painted walls are repainted. If you have never attempted to paint before, consider what would happen if you painted over holes. When the paint dries, the holes will still be there even if they are small holes, such as those made by nails. Small holes can be repaired with putty, and large holes may require more extensive measures such as drywall replacement. Sanding is important because it ensures that, when paint is applied, it will be smooth in appearance. If you skip sanding, be prepared to have noticeable marks and odd textures that show after the paint dries. 

Wash walls.

Painting over a dirty surface can result in the paint tones not matching due to discolored areas. It is also possible that residue from the sanded portion of the project may cause paint imperfections. These issues may not be clearly visible until after the paint has dried, which is why it is important not to skip over cleaning your walls. 

Apply caulk to the edges of the wallpaper.

Since you are dealing with wallpaper, you want to ensure that loose edges are not present. You can use caulk to "pin" down loose wallpaper edges and make the painting process more seamless. Ensure that you smooth the caulk material before it dries for a smooth appearance. Otherwise, the edges of your paint project might have thick lines of dried caulk or require additional sanding for a uniform appearance. 

Prime and/or use the correct type of paint.

Oil-based primers are ideal for painting wallpaper because they form a strong bond that makes it easy for the paint to adhere to the surface of the wallpaper. By using an oil-based primer, you will be able to use latex paint and reduce the chances of the paint bubbling when it makes contact with the wallpaper. If you do not want to use a primer, opt for an oil-based paint to ensure that bubbling or flaking of the paint does not occur. 

A painting contractor is a good resource to use if you have complicated wallpaper or paint issues. For example, you may be residing in a property that has layers and layers of paint and wall adhesives. A professional can determine the best approach to ensure that your paint project turns out looking its best. They will also know the best practices to use to remove wallpaper or thin away excess paint if needed.