Wallpaper Installation and Wallpaper Removal



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In the last few years, there has been a trend of removing the sometimes decades old wallpaper that was previously a common and well-loved feature in older Toronto homes. On a whole, interior decorating in Toronto and the GTA is moving towards simpler, cleaner, and more modern residential looks. With that being said, many still opt for newer designs in wallpaper installation to be used as accent walls in particular rooms.

Whatever your wallpaper requirements or preferences, Home Painters Toronto will help with all your decorative wallpaper installation or wallpaper removal needs.

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Frequently asked questions when it comes to
Wallpaper Installation AND Removal


While removing wallpaper is one trend, installing new wallpaper is another! Gone are the cabbage roses in bedrooms and paisley prints in bathrooms. Wallpaper is now a popular and fun way to dress up accent walls or features in specific rooms. The most common spaces for wallpaper are master bedrooms, dining rooms, and family rooms, but accent walls can really anchor any room by providing a focus and theme.

Besides houses, many offices, businesses, and commercial properties in the GTA are in need of our wallpapering services. We have also been known for installing wall installations to brand-new commercial spaces, such as retail stores and restaurants!

At Home Painters Toronto, we can do this time consuming job for you at a reasonable price. Our wallpaper specialists are familiar with the varying requirements of each wallpaper installation or removal project. See us in action in our live wallpaper removal how-to video.

Scraping off wallpaper

I’m looking to do wallpaper installation as an accent wall in my space. Can you help me out with that?

Yes, removing wallpaper can be a slow, tedious, and messy process, but once it’s done, wallpaper removal can:

  • Open and brighten up a room.
  • Increase the resale value of your home. Stagers and real estate agents have often urged their clients to remove the wallpaper and paint the home interior to reflect a more up-to-date and cleaner appearance that appeals to a wider market of buyers.
  • Make your rooms feel more modern. Wallpaper patterns are often a tell-tale sign of the decade they were installed and point out to everyone when the home was last renovated.
  • Make your room simpler, sleeker, and even more calming. Busy wallpaper can add a vibrant energy that sometimes feels like “too much.”
  • Prevent clashing with furniture and art. With no bold or contrasting wallpaper designs and graphics, it is easier to coordinate your décor.
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Absolutely! Home Painters Toronto can help you out with wallpaper installation as an accent wall piece. We’re happy to do a full installation for a room or even just one wall because we see the design value accent walls featuring wallpaper can bring into a space by providing a room with a beautiful focus or new theme.

Green Wallpaper Accent Wall in Bedroom

1. How much does it cost wallpaper installation and removal?

The cost for both wallpaper installation and removal might vary but usually starts out at $695 + HST.
Approximate costs for wallpaper installation

Using these measurements, we can give you a rough estimate of the cost per accent wall so you can have a clear idea before you begin your project.

 Per Accent Wall:  $750 to $1,000 + HST
  Small Bathroom or Small Room: $1,250 to $2,000 + HST
Approximate completion times for wallpaper installation

• Small room: 2 to 3 business days

• Medium room: 3 to 4 business days

• Large room: 4 to 5 business days

Approximate prices for wallpaper removal
• Small room: $600 to $1,000 + HST
• Medium room: $1,000 to $1,250 + HST
• Large room: $1,250 to $2,000+ + HST
Approximate completion times for wallpaper removal

• Small room: 1 to 2 business days

• Medium room: 2 to 3 business days

• Large room: 2 to 4 business days

Approximate cost per room for Wallpaper Removal

The cost of wallpaper removal for a room can vary from $600- $800. The total cost includes the wallpaper removal, the plastering, the cleanup, and priming as well

***Or if you are in a rush, inquire about our 1 or 2 day painting services.***

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Interior Wall Painting Makeover Design and Wallpaper Removal

What could affect the price of wallpaper removal and installation?

When it comes to removing or installing wallpaper, it is beneficial to estimate the cost of the job no matter if you hire a professional or do it yourself. Before anyone gives you an unreasonable price quote there are some factors to consider:

  • First of all, a professional painting company will want to know whether they are dealing with plaster walls or drywall. The removal or installation of wallpaper on drywall will save you more money. Plaster walls, on the other hand, require more preparation work. 
  • It is important to consider how long your wallpaper has been on. The longer the time the higher the price.
  • You will also be able to influence the cost of wallpaper removal and installation if there are many pieces of furniture in your home. During the process, keep the house as empty as possible.
  • Cost estimation also depends on the flexibility of time. The cost of wallpaper installation or removal will be higher if you would like painters to finish before the deadline. 
  • The height of the walls and ceilings is also important and influences the cost.
Wallpaper Removal

2. Will you include the paint, materials and labour?

Yes, we include up to 5 colours of paint, also all the materials to protect and prepare the walls as well as labour are included.

3. Do I have to move my own furniture before the painters come?

Usually yes, painters can do it for you but that will add on the hours of your project and it will increase your overall estimate. But!, if there’s any oversized furniture that you cannot move on your own, it’s normally ok to ask them to give you a hand to move it a bit to allow them to paint.

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4. How long will my project take?

Most jobs will take 2 and 5 days. But if your in a rush, inquire about our 1 or 2 day painting services.

5. How do I pick my colours?

We can suggest some of the most popular colours to get you started from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. If you really need help, one of our experts can come to help you pick colours.

Wallpaper Scraping Off

The process of getting rid of wallpaper

For this step, there’s really no need for fancy gadgets!  Using a putty knife while doing a criss-cross motion on the wallpaper will do just fine to scour the wall efficiently. This will help to ensure that when the water is applied, it will actually absorb into the wallpaper layer properly.

For this step, the hotter the water, the faster this process can go! Warm tap water will do the job, but boiled water works even better. Mix the hot water in with the wallpaper removal solution. Putting the two together and spraying this across the wallpaper (an empty spray bottle works great here), will help to break down the wallpaper faster.


It’s really important to give the hot water solution time to properly soak into the wallpaper. So, once an 8 – 10 foot section has been sprayed, then let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes. Then upon waiting for a section to really soak in, it’s good to go back and work on removing the previous section of wallpaper.


This step may get a little bit messy and frustrating, but that’s okay! A little time and extra patience and it will get there. Once the section is completely soaked, go to the top of the wall or any edge and begin to peel off the wallpaper. Of course, it might not peel off all in one go — there will definitely be some sections that won’t! The use of a scraper will definitely help here in removing those sections that are really stuck to the wall.

Throughout the peeling and wallpaper removal process, it may have to be repeated a few times due to the nature of wallpaper. There are several layers after all, right? The first coat (usually shiny), is called the skim layer followed by the actual paper and then the adhesive.


Once the wall is as smooth as possible with all of the wallpaper and glue removed, then it’s time to skim plaster. There will be little knicks and dents from having wallpaper on the walls for some time and all that needs to be repaired. So, plastering and then a good sanding job is required.


The priming step is practically as crucial as removing the wallpaper itself. Once the plastering is finished, it’s crucial to go in with an oil based primer. A latex based primer simply won’t due here as since there was wallpaper on the wall for years and then a water solution to remove it, a latex primer as well as an interior latex paint can end up bubbling on the wall after application. Zinsser Oil Based Primer is a great primer for this job. After this step, the wall is ready for paint!


Are you ready now for some wallpaper installation and removal? If so, here is what to do:

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Call or email us and ask for a free wallpaper removal and/or wallpaper installation estimate! Our wallpaper installation and removal expert will arrive on time and give you a free in-home estimate on the spot. Once we book the job with you, we will confirm an ideal start date, approximate timelines, payment method and any other job details based on your needs.

Step Two Booking


On the first day of the job, we will review the scope with you to ensure we’re on the same page for wallpaper installation or wallpaper removal, then get started immediately. We will prepare the room by protecting furniture with plastic, covering the floors with drop cloths then preparing the walls. This includes removing wallpaper, plastering the walls, priming the surface and making sure its ready for new application.

Step Three Paint


If Home Painters Toronto is installing wallpaper, we will also prep and size the walls to ensure a well-prepared surface before applying the new paper. If the wallpaper installation job takes multiple days, we will give you updates as needed, so you know what’s going on throughout the job.

Step Four Quality Check


Once we complete your job, we will do a thorough walk-through with you to ensure that you are completely satisfied with it. After all, we aren’t satisfied until you are 100% satisfied!

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