Re: Painting over embossed wallcoverings
Normally, I say no to painting over paper, especially if your walls are in terrible shape and you're trying to cover them up.
First and foremost, the finished product is ONLY as good as the base, that being said, if your walls are crumbling, then papering them over and attempting to paint them will result in a resounding failure. IF, however, your walls are in good condition and you're looking for something unique, then installing a patterned border trim paper, then painting over it will give a very very good and interesting look. I have a friend who remodeled her kitchen that had a border wallpaper around the ceiling that got painted over. It looks phenomenally good! The embossed pattern of the paper shows through the paint like it was a plasterer effect.
Conversely, I've seen and have been on the clean up end of bad paper jobs that have been painted over, and not only does the paint fail, but the paper underneath fails as well, resulting in a miserable mess to have to clean up.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!