Wallpaper Free Home–Easier than Expected
Compared to many of the houses we looked at, we didn’t have too much dreaded wallpaper. We had the border in the kitchen, pink rose wainscoting in the dining room (which A’s Momma stripped and primed before we moved in), and a totally papered hallway.
So at last I gathered my tools, planning to start with the border. Well the border came down great once I got my rhythm, so I tackled the big project, the hall too!
- Wallpaper Remover Concentrate – HIGHLY Recommend buying a concentrate for the cost of one premixed bottle. That way you can be really generous spraying it without fear of running out. Generous is key in getting that glue to release. I used the Piranha brand I found at Lowes. Then you can use a nice triple volume spray bottle, instead of a junky one. (Find the good one’s in the Wal-Mart cleaning aisle).
- Paper Scraper – LOVE this tool will be using in other places where a flat razor blade is too sharp. Once you have the paper saturated with remover, this pulls off the backing paper in nice big strips.
- Paper Piercer – Zinsser PaperTiger - If your paper’s top vinyl layer peels off you only need this in spots where you can’t get the printed layer off.
- Old Shower Curtain Liners – My go to drop cloths, more durable than plastic, and easy to fold. Protect the floor from bits of paper, and the remover.
- Big Trashcan
- Tons of Trash bags – it’s quite the wet paper mess!
The Process I used:
Get a better hold on the top paper layer by spraying the seams with remover and using the scraper tool. Getting off the top layer is key.
Come back to the area after it’s soaked a bit and then scrape with tool, the better you soaked it the larger chunks that will come off. Larger chunks = less Mess. As you get to tough spots, wet them again, and come back to them.