We just bought a 20 year old home with wallpaper overload. There seems to be two types. Below the ubiquitous chair rails it is all vinyl and above the rail it is a paper type wallpaper. It was all professionally installed I was told. It is also horrible unless you like blue plaids. I want to texture the walls and paint. Three different drywall professionals have said (1) texture over the paper directly (2) prime the wall paper with Kilz and then texture (3) remove all wall paper to the sheetrock (which was primed) and then texture the sheetrock. Since these three perspectives were from contractors giving me bids I way mystified that there were three ways to approach this situation.
I am ready to experiment with Kilz on different surfaces and small amounts of mud to see what happens. Any better thoughts out there? or should I just man-up and rent the steamer?