By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Paintable wallpaper can add interest and dimension to an otherwise flat wall surface, making it a nice choice when you want more than a wallpaper pattern. For example, you can distinguish your entry from the living room walls with a tasteful scroll design or architectural motif by hanging paintable wallpaper in the entry and painting it the same color as the living room walls. You may use the material as wainscoting to highlight molding or to add texture to a wall. For a simple, elegant stucco look, leave the material bare and unpainted. Some of the faux finish textures include stucco, speckling, brushstrokes, brocade and an embossed relief that looks like a tin ceiling. The paintable material is a practical solution for concealing light cracks and joint lines in a wall, but it's not designed for deep cracks and crevices.
You'll find a nice selection of paintable, scrubbable vinyl wallpaper off the rack in home and wallcovering centers and online. Type "paintable wallpaper" in a search engine and you'll see many online sources. Many sites have calculators to help you determine how much you need.
A paperhanger will charge $528 to install paintable wallpaper in a 10- by 12-foot room, which includes labor and material. You can buy the wallpaper and do it yourself for $85, the cost of the material, plus paper hanging tools. Prepare the walls by filling any cracks and joint lines with wallboard compound, and make sure the walls are clean. Paint the woodwork and trim in the room, then hang the paper and wait five days before painting the wallpaper with either latex or alkyd using a brush or roller.
Use the wallpaper calculator and learn tips from a professional at Advice from a Pro Paperhanger.
Sound too complicated and time consuming? Here's a link to Home Advisor, a free referral service that matches homeowners with local contractors.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to hang paintable wallpaper you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020