Anyone out there with ugly wallpaper or folks who have laboriously struggled to get rid of old 80’s borders, prepare to hate me. My wallpaper came down in less than an hour. I’m not kidding and I feel obligated to start off by saying that is not at ALL how I thought it was going to go down. I was pretty nervous and read soooo many blog posts and advice articles on the best way to remove wallpaper. I went to the hardware store and stocked up on all sorts of supplies. I expected the worst but anything was better than starting at this wall paper for one more minute. I mean just look at it up close. AWFUL!
We bought this house knowing we would be doing a lot of home improvement, but we decided to live in a bit to see what worked for us and what didn’t. Then the WORST WINTER IN HISTORY happened and we decided to watch House of Cards on the couch and eat ice cream. Now, with Spring officially here, it’s time to get moving…Or in my case get that wallpaper moving! The day of, I picked up Cait and prepared for an awful day of stripping wall paper and owing her a huge favor afterward. We got back to the house and I turned my back for one teensy little minute and Cait just pulled it down in one big ol’s sheet! In all of my blog post reading, never was this an option. Apparently the wallpaper was so old that the walls were practically begging us to take it off their hands. Within literally less than an hour we had the whole room stripped bare and clean. Unbelievable!
The lighting was really bad that day so this is my only “after” shot but more to come. Clearly we were enthusiastic about it! And with the wallpaper down I’m more motivated than ever. Next up I will be gently sanding the walls to remove the glue before painting them a light grey and the brick wall white. Some other hot items on the To-Do list include adding in recessed lighting, replacing that bright gold fireplace surround, repurposing valences from my old house and in general making this a serene play space with a small couch to read stories and relax.
I can’t wait for this space to be more polished and put together over the coming months so stay tuned! Has anyone else had a surprisingly easy go at wallpaper removal? Any horror stories you’d like to share? I promise to sympathize and shake my head!