That ugly, dated, retro, unique wallpaper that plagued the entire house is slowing (but eventually) disappearing! Of course, the ideal solution is to just remove the wallpaper altogether, which I have done in the majority of the rooms. The kitchen, however, had just a small portion wallpapered (but wallpapered with loud & obnoxious retro wallpaper) and it was professionally done. I knew that removing that wallpaper would leave some visible marks on the sheetrock, and, if the other rooms are any indication, there would not be any texture beneath the wallpaper. I made the decision to keep the wallpaper and just paint over that. I usually would not recommend that at all, but the seams were so tight on the wallpaper, it was hard to distinguish where the seams overlapped which is a good thing when painting wallpaper.
Since the kitchen wall was going to run next to the High Noon blue in the living room, I wanted a color similar in palette but not so starkly blue. The cabinets are so dark, so I want something light. I eventually chose Valspar’s Woodlawn Sterling Blue, and I love it! I brushed painted rather than using a roller. I was happy with the results. You can’t even tell it’s wallpaper.