When it was time to finally redo the hall, we had to consider the walls and wallpaper dings. Part of the plan was to put on a fresh coat of paint, but I decided I wanted to patch first. Normally I would never recommend spackling wallpaper, but something needed to fill the dings and gaps and help smooth the rough seams. We lived with it for 3 years, so I didn’t rush into this decision. I figured it couldn’t be any worse than what it already was, and a fresh coat of paint would help blend things in.
It ended up working out really well. The wallpaper texture lent itself well to patching because it’s subtle enough to blend with smooth areas, but textured enough to mask rough spots. Once everything was painted all of the problem areas were significantly improved. Not perfect, but much less noticeable.