More often than not, I enjoy having a project to work on. Using my hands, working, creating something that I can (hopefully) be proud of once finished. Then there are times that totally suck the life out of me. Removing wall paper that has three coats of paint over is exactly one of those times. Throughout my 10 hour removal process, I cursed the previous owners for a) putting up this dreaded wall paper and b) painting over it and not removing before.
Using a wide metal spatula, I was able to get most of the paint and paper off, leaving the glue behind. See how lovely the pattern was?
In a few areas, before painting over the paper, someone spackled over low spots. Please, I beg you, never paint over wall paper. Certainly don’t patch areas on top either. It’s not good.
With hot tap water, I was able to scrape most of the glue backing off easily. The process left the walls looking like this:
More spots than a dalmatian. Why did I torture myself? Because I’ve decided I don’t want to add wood on this wall. And we need to texture the walls with orange peel (unfortunately, to match the other two) before trimming out the door. Hence the scraping marathon and my claw hands. On a more positive note, every window in the house has been replaced. Now we’re in the process of casing and trimming everything. I’ve got three windows completely finished.
To match the other windows and doors, we painted the wood accent wall trim white. I really love the contrast between the two.
Our bathroom window is done, now I have to go back and touch up the wall paint. A walk in the park compared to the scraping.
After a summer of outside work, it’s nice to get some things done inside, too. Now to clear out our bedroom so I can start scraping popcorn off the ceiling.
Because misery loves company, feel free to share your worst wall paper experience.