So what would a normal person do when their wall looks like this:
Normal people actions:
- Call a pro
- Develop a plan
- Think about how quickly you would need to finish the project
Which eventually led to this...
Now I have to form a game plan of how to proceed from here. My first inclination is the do-it-yourself fix of throwing up a couple coats of oil based primer, skim coating the walls, more oil based primer, and finally a couple coats of paint. There are a couple problems with this plan that could be overcome...first, it seems to be a heated debate whether any primer even oil based is okay with wallpaper paste residue. Next there is the problem of the different thickness of wall. I have also never skim coated myself, but hey that is why I have a can do attitude.
The completely different option is to try and find someone to throw up 3/4" sheet rock. I have never sheet rocked, but that wouldn't normally stop me, but I do have an arch on the wall that I would have to deal with. I have covered the plaster walls with sheet rock in the past and it has worked pretty well.
The final option that is much messier and that I am going to try and avoid is to tear out all the lathe and plaster and traditionally sheet rock that wall.
This wall is really an experiment because I have 2 more walls in the living room and all 4 in the dinning room that I am pretty sure have wall paper underneath the paint. None of them bother me as much as this one did, but I am sure I will want to address them eventually.
I will keep you updated as things change (who knows how long that will take) and wish me luck.
Bonus picture! Here is the original wall paper pattern.