LESLIE: Dean in Idaho needs some help with a project in the bathroom. What’s going on?
DEAN: Yeah, I have a manufactured home and I had to replace the shower manifold. And it got some like wallpaper on 3/8-inch drywall board and it’s been discontinued and I can no longer get it but the drywall has been ruined.
TOM: Well, so you had a prefinished wallboard, essentially is what you’re saying and had a wallpaper attached to the drywall. Is that correct?
DEAN: Yes, yes.
TOM: And the drywall – I mean the wallpaper surface is in bad condition, correct?
TOM: So what you can do is think about actually putting a second layer of new drywall over that. You can use some very thin drywall – the 3/8-inch material is fine – essentially sandwiching the old stuff. Then you can tape and spackle and pretty much start from scratch right there; add wallpaper, paint it – you know, whatever you want to do.
The other thing that you might want to look at is some of the high-tech panelings that are out today because they’re actually quite attractive. And again, they could go right on top. They have cool, new finishes; they’re not that expensive. And that’s two ways that you could dress up that space.
LESLIE: You know, there’s also something interesting. When you spoke about textured wallpaper and the texture already being on the wallboard in this manufactured home, there’s a product called Anaglypta paper, which is essentially a textured wallpaper (audio gap) walls.com. And Anaglypta is spelled A-n-a-g-l-y-p-t-a and there might be something there that matches.
TOM: Was that the word you used when you won that spelling bee?
TOM: (chuckles) There you go, Dean; three options to help you out. 888-666-3974.