Thursday, May 20, 2010

Removing wallpaper?!

After moving into our home we realized the white boring walls in the living room and hallway was actually painted over wallpaper?! Ugh we knew that one day soon we would have to tackle removing it.

Wallpaper can be a great way to transform a room, but if it isn't applied correctly it can be a long tedious endeavor to remove it. We had a feeling that we weren't going to be lucky; lo and behold we were right! I went straight to the internet and found this article for reference.

This article was dead on!

"How to Remove Wallpaper: Patience Is a Virture"

Here are the tools you will need; a ladder (I used a chair), a scoring tool (looks like a hockey puck), DIF (I used the gel spray so I didn't have to mix it with water), a puddy or broad knife, rags, a trash bag, a drop cloth and PATIENCE!

First score the wall lightly with your "hockey puck." Make sure not to gouge the drywall.

Spray the scored wall with DIF and wait 10-15 minutes.

Then use your puddy knife and start scraping. Be very patient you do not want to damage the drywall.

Here is what the wall looked like after an hour...

...after 3 hours...

...and this is what Harper was doing while I was hard at work...

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