This is tonight’s debate in our house today and lots of moaning about wallpaper paste all in my hair… ewww. My fiance and I have been debating whether this will work for weeks while we face the dreaded old question, is it asbestos Artex? No. When we moved in last year, everything had a gaudy 70s vibe so we have not attempted scraping it off which could take days on end sporting masks, overalls and gloves. However, everyone online say to skim over with ready made expensive stuff or plastering, yet I haven’t read anyone saying they’ve done it and failed. So we’ve given it a go as a quick fix and it is now in its drying stages.
This is our first full on wallpapering job along the walls of our staircase, possibly the most difficult type to do; however, the stairs are eventually going to be moved in the bedroom and partitioned off. The first job I ever tackled here were stripping layers and layers of painted wallpaper, woodchip and more paint which took at least a month before I filled, sanded and gave it the fresh look it was screaming for. But I was at a stumbling block with the stairs.
I now have a wallpaper phobia which was another reason I wasn’t sure about this project and it would probably take me along time to consider a certain print for a possible focal wall. I find bold wallpaper limiting if you want to make a statement and it’s not ideal for people like me who consistently like to play with colourful accessories.
Anyway, we gave it a go and the question was, does it work?
UPDATE 13/7/17 – Two Years On:
As expected, our artex was far to bumpy. And after just a few months while on the stairs, we kept catching it. If you can, then I advise either giving it a lick of paint or getting a plasterer in to skim it.
I’d love to take it down right now, but that’s again, another battle. One day I’ll get it skimmed, but it’s just not important right now.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
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