Many years ago I had a home with so
much wallpaper that it made you dizzy. It was in the kitchen, den,
bedrooms and bathrooms. Of course, we didn’t want the wallpaper.
We had 2 choices to make. One is to take down all the wallpaper.
And one is to paint right over it. After I got several bids on
removing the wallpaper, we decided to just paint. A lot of people
are confused about painting over wallpaper. They think that the
wallpaper will peel off once it’s painted. But as long as your
paper is secure, you can paint right on top of it. If you have any
curly edges you can seal them back down with
Sure Grip. It’s
great wallpaper glue that takes hold quickly and will hold those
edges back in place. If your paper is vinyl, and the edges are stiff
and you are afraid they will tear if you force them back down. Just
use a wet sponge (hot water) and soften up the wallpaper. Then apply
Sure Grip and hold down for just a second. Then lightly
clean the walls with some diluted TSP and water and dry. Now you are
ready to prime. Use the primer that I have talked about for years.
Grip and Seal by Coronado. And now Coronado is owned by
so it’s so easy to find. The reason I like Grip
is that it is latex, and there is virtually no odor.
Grip and Seal will dry in 20 minutes. So you can start on one
wall and by the time you finish the room it will be dry and you can
start with a second coat. And I suggest a second coat to completely
cover up the wallpaper so it doesn’t bleed through. Now you are
ready to pick a color. I suggest a Ben Moore Color. Their color
centers are 12 feet of beautiful ideas. Trudy used a color called
Smokey Taupe. And after using Light and Dark Taffy for years- it
will be the color I use next. Don’t forget the ceiling. It’s
th wall. After we painted all the wallpaper in that
house, the transformation was amazing. The house looked bigger, and
completely updated. And you can do the same. If you have any
questions about this kind of project- email me or Trudy at
under Contact Us, it will take you to a email. I have some great
ideas I want to share with you in the next few months- so stay tuned.
Now to the email…..
Question: We love your articles in the
Conroe Courier and I have a question for you. We have yellowish
splatter stains on our stainless steel stovetop. Also the stains are
on the convection toaster over and our oven window. I think they may
be from cooked on grease or sugar. How do I get rid of them, safely.
Answer: One completely safe product is
Holy Cow. They make 3 products. They make a Glass
Cleaner, and an All Purpose Cleaner, and a
Concentrated Cleaner is the one I want you to use.
There is no odor, and it’s biodegradable. It won’t harm any
surface. But you might have to let it sit to loosen the grease. Let
me know if you need more help.
Question: We just moved into a house
that has been vacated for several years. I want to use a bug spray
around the inside of the house. I have a small little dog, so I have
to be careful. But I don’t want to pay someone if this is
something I can do myself. Is that possible?
Answer: Shoo Fly Ant Roach and
is the pest control spray to use. It comes with a tiny
little straw so you can get into all the corners of the cabinets and
windows. Attach the straw and just quickly walk around the parameter
of the house. It won’t stain. Go around all the windows and
doors. Use it around the toe kick of the cabinets. Just keep your
puppy away until the
Shoo Fly is dry, which about 20 minutes.
Do you have a
electrical outlet that when you try and plug a cord in it won’t
stay tight? Just take the cord plug and give the prongs a little
squeeze together and then plug it back in the outlet. It will stay