Wallpaper for painting: types and technique of painting

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Paintable wallpaper is a great way to organize the interior of your apartment, especially if you like frequent changes, but not doing repairs and spending money very much. Having glued such wallpapers only once, then they can be repainted several times in the desired color, while no putty, leveling and other surface treatments are needed. By the way, if there are children in the family who can stain a piece of wallpaper or paint it, then this is not a problem either – you can quickly touch up the defect.

paintable wallpaper before and afterAnother obvious advantage of such wallpapers is that they are cheaper than all the others, and if you are able to perform gluing and painting on your own, then for a fairly low price there is a chance to get a very interesting interior.

However, not all wallpapers are suitable for painting, and even more so for re-painting. Only those that have a well-embossed surface, have a certain level of moisture resistance and do not contain any bright pattern will be useful. That is why it is worth dwelling on the moment, which wallpapers are suitable for painting.

The main types of wallpaper for painting

Despite the above requirements, there are several types of wallpaper for painting, depending on the basis. Basically, these are paper, non-woven wallpaper and glass wallpaper. Now more about each of them.

Paintable paper wallpaper

paintable paper wallpaperPaper wallpaper, as a rule, consists of two layers of paper, as a result, a rather dense and thick material with a certain embossed pattern is obtained. In order for such wallpapers to be repainted several times, special water-repellent agents are used in their manufacture, which allows them to retain their structure after several stains. It should be noted that such wallpapers hide minor wall defects well, and can also be used to decorate ceilings.

These wallpapers are usually produced in white. Occasionally, light pastel shades can be found.

Non-woven wallpaper for painting

This is probably one of the most successful finishing materials in general and among the wallpaper for painting in particular. They consist of two layers: non-woven and vinyl spraying, which simulates the relief. And since both of these materials are quite fragile and over time, for example, vinyl can sprinkle, so such wallpaper is not something that is possible, but needs to be processed with paint. And you can do this about 10-15 times, i.e. try a huge number of color schemes for your room.

non-woven wallpaper for paintingOne of the advantages of such wallpapers is the relative ease of gluing them, since this is exactly the material that requires applying glue to the wall, and not to the wallpaper. Therefore, you will not need to prepare a lot of space for spreading the wallpaper, wait for the glue to absorb a little – the process is simplified. And after gluing non-woven wallpaper shows itself as a “tough nut to crack” – they do not swell, rarely deform and do not shrink.

Non-woven wallpaper, like paper wallpaper, can be produced in a white version or be colored: and if earlier only the first version was widespread, now many manufacturers produce a huge amount of already painted non-woven wallpaper. In any case, they are great for both walls and ceilings, and they are even more capable of hiding flaws than paper ones. They are recommended to be used even in new buildings, since the walls there shrink, and this wallpaper will not only hide the crack, but also be able to keep it from further spreading.

All the listed advantages should be supplemented with good environmental indicators: they do not contain harmful substances, do not affect health and are able to “breathe”.

Glass fiber for painting

Glass fiber is a special type of material that is made from a mixture of soda, sand, lime and dolomite. All this actually forms glass, from which fiberglass fibers are drawn. As you know, glass is not afraid of fire, so that glass wallpapers have a high degree of fire safety. And since they have much in common with fiberglass and “cobweb”, there is an effect of strengthening the surface, as well as masking small cracks.

glass wallpaper for paintingGlass fiber can be double-layer, i.e. have a paper backing, or single-layer. In any case, they have a characteristic relief surface with a specific pattern or pattern. Moreover, such wallpaper can be repainted up to 12 times, if there are more layers of paint, that is, there is a risk that the relief will simply be lost.

In addition to the ability to often change the appearance of the room, these wallpapers are also characterized by high wear-resistant properties, they can be washed, even using a brush. All this makes it possible to use them in rooms where a large number of people pass per day, as well as in quieter rooms.

A nice feature – glass fiber rolls usually exceed standard parameters, so it will be possible to reduce the number of scraps and reduce the number of joints.

Paint application

The paint is applied to the wallpaper after they have been glued and dried well. Depending on the selected wallpaper, a different type of paint is used. Next, we will consider these nuances.

Required tools and materials

  • fur roller for applying paint;

  • a brush for creating drawings from paint, but this will be possible only if you have chosen wallpaper with a smooth surface;
  • plastic tub
    applying wallpaper for painting with a rollerchka;
  • water-based paint of the desired shade for paper and non-woven wallpaper;
  • latex or acrylic paint for glass wallpaper;
  • containers for diluting paint;
  • color;
  • acrylic varnish if necessary.

Depending on what type of paint you have chosen, you can talk about whether your wallpaper will be washed or not. You can also choose between a matte and glossy type of surface: matte is especially suitable if the surface is not quite even, then small defects will not be visible. Glossy paint will perfectly accentuate the relief of the wallpaper.


So, we will not describe the process of gluing wallpaper, we will immediately start preparing the paint for application. After the wallpaper has been glued, it should take enough time for it to dry.

tinting paintWith the choice of paint, you need to be extremely careful: for example, for non-woven wallpaper, in no case can you use oil paint, water-based paint is better, and for glass wallpaper you can use latex paint.

As for the color, you can choose a ready-made shade, because there are many of them in the store – for every taste. But if you are not looking for a long time, or the desired color was not found, then you can do a simple trick with water-based paint: add color to the white paint using tinting tables. You can be provided with such a service in a hardware store, but in order to save a little, you can do everything yourself, because it is not difficult. Add color to a small amount of paint and mix well, try the resulting shade on the most inconspicuous part of the wall, and if everything suits you, then you can add all this to the rest of the paint. Keep in mind that if you apply the paint in several layers, the shade will become more saturated.


wallpaper for paintingThere is nothing difficult about painting itself. You will need a roller with a bath – this will remove all excess paint, and a brush. The walls are painted over with a roller from top to bottom: they are reinsured so that excess paint does not drain and spoil the appearance. The brush is needed to paint over hard-to-reach places. It can also be used to create some kind of drawings.

It is better to apply paint on new wallpaper in 2-3 layers, since not all paints are evenly applied. If you are re-painting, you will most likely need one coat of paint.

wallpaper paintable drawingBy the way, some people act somewhat differently with non-woven wallpaper: they paint the wall brightly, and only then they glue white wallpaper. As a result, the non-woven fabric allows that color to pass through, only it turns out to be softer, and the effect itself is quite interesting. True, this can be called wallpaper for painting only with a stretch.

You can also use this painting method on non-woven wallpaper: after a layer of paint has been applied, lightly rub it over it with a cloth, as a result of which the paint is erased from the bulk elements. Then you can apply paint on them in a slightly different shade, making the pattern three-dimensional.

Well, if you have a talent and desire for drawing, then you can create unique walls in a room by drawing some kind of picture on them, or simply repeating the same simple drawing or pattern.


If desired, the finished surface can be varnished: this is optional, but very preferable for rooms such as a kitchen, hallway, children’s room, i.e. where there is an increased risk of contamination. If you apply such a layer of protection to the walls, then small specks can then be removed with a slightly damp cloth. True, here the larger-scale pollution still has to be painted over.

It is better to choose an acrylic colorless varnish, but it will be matte or glossy – this is at your discretion. It is easy to apply: just like for paint, a roller is used, and in more difficult places, a brush. At the same time, one layer of varnish is practically invisible externally, but already two give good protection, but even a matte varnish can give a shine in the photo.


Wallpaper for painting will significantly save your time and effort, as well as material costs for subsequent repairs. After all, it will be enough just to apply a new layer of paint, and this is not at all difficult. The only thing is that you need to immediately decide on the embossed pattern so that it is most suitable for any type of interior, because it is not known what exactly the owners will want after 5 years.

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