DIYNot: Woodchip paper is an inexpensive way of covering walls. It is a plain paper with a textured oatmeal surface, made by impregnating the pulp with sawdust and woodchip during its manufacture. It then needs to be painted and can be covered in a variety of coloured emulsions.
But why? Who decided this would be a good idea?
4Homes: Old wallpaper or woodchip paper can hide poor plasterwork. In severe cases, you might have to replaster, which can be expensive. In old houses with lath and plaster walls, boarding with new plasterboard might be the cheapest solution, but don’t expect much change from £200 a room.
To hide poor plasterwork – it’s all becomming clear now. Poor plaster, expense – £200. Hmmm.
Bozzle.com: Woodchip. Paper which contains small chips of wood. It comes in varying degrees of coarseness and is normally used to hide defects in walls and ceilings but is quite suitable for any decorating. It is usually painted when dry and can be a cheap and effective way to give any room a facelift. It can even be applied outside-in for a different effect.
Yep, seems to back up what the previous lot were saying. ‘Cheap’, ‘hide defects’ – sounds great, eh? No.
UK Style: Stripping Wallpaper – It’s the most boring part of the decorating process, but getting rid of that old gloss-painted woodchip is the first thing to tackle if you want to redecorate. The good news is that a steam stripper makes the job easy.
They know the score. A splendid, illustrated how-to guide is found on their site. But I’m very wary. This whole ‘hides defects’ / ‘replastering’ thing scares me!