For the last two weeks, we were working in a West Harbour house which was built in the 1990s. Wallpapering was popular by that time. For more than 20 years, the wallpaper colour is fading away. It’s time to refresh the interior. The owner decided to do a painting of the whole interior including ceilings, walls, all frames and all doors.
Wallpaper removal works
Our painters started by covering the carpet with masking film. It took one painter almost one day to cover all floor. Then we used 3 days to remove the wallpaper. To do these jobs while we have to take care of the carpet costs more time than an empty floor. Luckily this time the removal works were not that hard, it’s below average difficulties.
This is when the first layer of wallpaper is removed. You probably don’t know that there are two layers of wallpaper. Yes, it is, though we hope there’s only one layer that’s the common design and nature of most wallpaper.
The top layer is more like thin plastic paper. There are some painters who paint over the second layer without removing them. It could be a pigmented sealer or oil-based primer. We found it’s not ideal. The bottom paper will bubble anyway no matter what.
This photo is when they are all completely removed. The original plastering work appeared. We tried our best not to do much damage to the gib board.
Undercoating or priming is important. We never override this practice. It helped a lot to achieve better final results and it accurately save our painters time for the proper top coat painting. Dulux suggested the 1StepPrep brand for priming. Yes, they are right, it works better than Prepcoat and Gold Lable sealers.
Ceiling paint is Dulux Ceiling White, it’s a very basic and popular white color flat paint, smooth and easy to apply. In bathrooms, we use Kitchen and Bathroom ceiling paint.
Skimming and sanding
Skimming is a simple work that painters used for partially repairing or plastering the wall, it’s to hide the defects. We use yellow contract filler rather than Plus4. Those yellow parts are partly repaired, and then sanded before extra priming.
We posted these photos and progress to show you how we work step by step trying to achieve better painting results. If you hire us to do your house painting, we are pretty much following the same procedure and workmanship. This is after the priming.
Once the ceiling is painted, it looks flat, and clean and the space is brighter.
Once it’s done the final day is final touching up and cleaning. It was the first time the house was painted after it was built in the 1990s. Two bathrooms were wallpaper removed and painted by the previous owner. After more than 20 years, it’s a good investment to refresh the house interior with a very reasonable budget of $12,500 for this 235sqm two stories house. Half of our efforts are to remove the wallpaper and make all walls painting ready.