If you are wondering if taking off removable wallpaper will damage your paint, read on for my experience.
The wallpaper came down last week.
We had water damage in our home over the winter of 2018. We had to replace the trim piece around the floor, and when removing the trim, the bottom part of some portions of the wallpaper were damaged. The bottom portion of a few pieces were wrinkled, bubbled, and peeling off. I am pretty certain this did not have anything to do with the integrity of the wallpaper but more to do with the way the trim was taken off. I moved the bed against the peeling piece sand it was hidden.
Still…. it bothered me that it was there. I knew the paper was peeling behind the bed, even if nobody else knew.
Here is the original post about this room and the wallpaper.
Update: Here is the refresh of the room all finished!
The damage to the wallpaper was on two pieces, so I did consider replacing just those pieces. However, this wallpaper came as a mural and I didn’t know if that was even possible. And I loved the cactus wall, but sometimes I felt this room was jarring. That feeling combined with the peeling wallpaper piece behind his bed and I was okay with making a change. We were going to attempt taking off removable wallpaper!
There’s a fine line with never being satisfied with the way your home looks, and giving yourself permission to change your home when it’s not working for you anymore.
If you are curious if removable wallpaper damages paint and how stick on, removable, or temporary wallpaper looks when it comes off, this is my experience:
I started very slowly, peeling from the top down. The first pieces came off clean. After about the third piece I saw drywall and paint pieces coming up. The drywall made me nervous. So I tried starting at the bottom and went up, slowly peeling it up towards the ceiling. That worked for a bit, and then it pulled the drywall and paint again. So I’m not sure that the direction you pull in matters.
So, back to your question. Does removable wallpaper damage paint? Yes, it can.
All this to say, if you’re going to put on removable wallpaper, be okay with the fact that you may have to paint the wall after you take down the wallpaper. It’s not a gurantee- half of my pieces came off with no damage – and I don’t know exactly why some pieces peeled off the wall and paint and why other pieces didn’t. This wallpaper in Leo’s bedroom was on the wall less than a year.
You can see it’s not disastrous. I will still happily use removable wallpaper again in the future. The damage to Leo’s wall is something I can repair myself for maybe $20 in supplies, and I have the same paint on hand. But you need to have the time and the patience for dealing with that.
The next weekend I patched this up, and decided to go in the opposite direction of a focal wall. I wanted two tone painted walls! I had my painter paint the top half Sherwin Williams Extra White. The bottom he gave a fresh coat of the same color – Sherwin Williams Ice Cube. I snapped a quick picture of how the room looks currently – without art or anything up on the walls yet, just unstaged but already better.
Click below on the link to see his updated room! I have been showing the process over on my Instagram stories about arranging the furniture in here and we are just about done!
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If you are taking off removable wallpaper, my only advice is to go slow and steady. I hope this post helps!