The Wallpaper Border Catastrophe
12 years ago in a another decorating world, I put up a border in one of the downstairs bedrooms. Not a public room at all.
The past week, I have manged to remove about 6 feet of it while gouging the sheet rock significantly. There are miles of this ceiling border to go, it's a big room.
I have every available nifty tool and spray.
I can not fathom spending this much time and energy removing this border. It is the most tedious thing I have ever done decorating wise, and I'm good with detailed projects. And I'd rather rid six acres by hand of wild onions then do this.
But this is decorating h*ll. When 2 inches at a time come off, I'm happy! It is solidly, wildly stuck onto the wall.
But I want to paint over what's left.
Has anyone ever done this? This is our permanent house, I hope to live here until I die. (dh doesn't but I ignore those comments)
I found this advice online, which I am willing to do:
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: SE Michigan
I've done this (I'm a painting contractor.) You'll get pretty good results if the walls are smooth; not so good if there's any texture on the wall.
1: Prime with solvent-based primer (like Original Kilz.) Water-based primer or paint is likely to loosen the border in spots.
2: Use a 6-8" drywall knife and joint/topping compound (not spackle) and smooth a wide ribbon of it along the bottom edge.
3: Caulk along the top where the border meets the ceiling; there will probably be a little gap.
4: Sand the compound. May need two applications.
5: Use FLAT paint on the walls; any gloss will highlight surface imperfections.