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Wallpaper Removal and Interior Painting - A Recipe for Style in Your Bay Area Home

Wallpaper Removal and Interior Painting - A Recipe for Style in Your Bay Area Home

Now, before we get too far, we should start by saying that there are many stylish wallpapers available on the market today. Often used in conjunction with painting, these options can deliver gorgeous color, texture, and patterns.

When we say “wallpaper” moving forward, we’re specifically thinking of the outdated options from decades past that haunt the halls of many local homes. They have may have been phenomenal while The Brady Bunch or Wonder Years were playing, but things have changed quite a bit since then.

This raises an important question: during your next Bay Area home improvement project, should you replace that wallpaper, or switch to paint?

Professional Wallpaper Removal - Why Hire a Pro?

Let’s start at the very beginning with the actual removal process.

Whether because they are an avid do-it-yourselfer or because they just can’t stand to look at it any longer, some homeowners are tempted to dive into the process of wallpaper stripping themselves. The truth is, without the right products, tools, and experience, this can become a catastrophic undertaking. Not only is it aggravating and tedious, but you also can badly damage and gouge your walls.

In most cases, it just makes sense to hire a professional who can manage the process start to finish.

Wallpaper or Paint - Which Should You Choose?

Interior Painting Projects
Photo by MB Jessee

Now that we’ve mentally removed that wallpaper (things are looking better already, aren’t they?), let’s swing back to our original question.

Should you apply new wallpaper, or switch to interior paint?

We personally vote for paint, and here are a few reasons why:

  • Paint can be easily updated. Switching to a new color when inspiration strikes is infinitely easier than stripping/replacing paper.
  • Paint can be touched up. While many wallpapers are quite durable, it’s nice to know that a flying toy or gouge while moving a piece of furniture can be easily and quickly repaired.
  • Paint performs beautifully in tough environments. For example, as pretty as wallpaper can be in a bathroom, exposure to moisture and steam can compromise the adhesives holding it in place.
  • Price! While many factors are obviously at play, as a whole wallpaper tends to be more expensive for professional installation.

Craving Pattern and Variety for Your Walls?

If the warmth and texture that wallpaper provides is what keeps drawing you in, consider talking to your professional painter about custom, faux finishes. Skillfully-applied interior paint offers options far beyond static colors, but can dip into beautiful worlds of unique style and effects.

As a starting point, contact your local painter to discuss your options. The very best solution is finding a pro who can guide you through every step, from wallpaper removal to final topcoat.


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“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
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— Joshua J.
Oakland, CA

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San Francisco, CA

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Piedmont

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— Nancy Kurkjian

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— Andrea Y.
Berkeley, CA

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Walnut Creek

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— Barbara
Piedmont