Our Dolphin’s previous owners put contact paper over the original wallpaper in a lovely shade of tanbeige that blended right in with the rest of the décor. The decision whether or not to remove it tormented us for months, before we finally had a brave moment and ripped that baby down. Then immediately regretted it.

After lots of ripping, peeling, sanding, cursing, crying, and some wallet-draining water-damage repairs by our good pals at Sunrise RV, we were finally ready to tape and paint. It wasn’t pretty. But we did it.


  • 1 gallon Water Based Primer
  • 1 gallon Behr Paint
  • 2 x Paint Roller Handles w/4 Smooth Surface Rollers
  • 2 x Mini Paint Brushes
  • 2 x Paint Trays
  • 2 x Drop Cloths
  • 1 x Roll Painters Tape
  • 1 x Razor Blade
  • 1 x Small Tub Spackling Paste
  • 1 x Scraper Tool


  • Peel off previous owners contact paper as clean as possible while trying not to go insane.
    (folks with the original wallpaper only can skip this step)
  • Spackle old holes and flaws.
  • Sand spackled areas and rough patches from torn wallpaper.
  • Tape, tape, and tape some more.
  • Apply one coat of primer and let dry for a few hours.
  • Apply 2-3 coats of paint (drying a few hours in between).
  • When peeling off the tape, we used a razor to score the corners to keep the edges clean.

This was not my favorite project. But it made SUCH a difference. In the end, I’m super glad we took the rip of faith!