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Q: Do I have to remove wallpaper on my walls before stenciling?
There's no need to remove wallpaper before stenciling. Check to see that the paper is secure on the wall and that all seams are glued. Repair as needed. Paint over wallpaper with a flat or satin finish oil-base paint or primer specifically designed for covering wallpaper. Don't layer oil based products over water based. Apply at least two coats. A faux finish can visually distract the eye from seams or uneven elements in a papered wall.
You can stencil directly onto matte finished wallpaper to add dimension to a room. The stenciling should be light enough to let the background color and texture show through. Be sure the surface is free of dirt, dust and grease.


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