Last weekend, my step-mom Amy came to visit and helped me scrape the wallpaper in our house! We put on some tea, some Pandora, and worked away from noon on Friday until Saturday afternoon (taking a break to sleep of course). Let me tell you, scraping wallpaper is HARD WORK. I woke up on Saturday morning at 4:30AM with terrible pain in my right arm! So I took some ibuprofen, got an icepack from the freezer and went back to sleep. It made me never want to scrape wallpaper again.
However, the process itself was kind of fun. First, we took some fabric softener and mixed it with hot water. I heard that if you use more fabric softener than water, it works better. So we put about 3/4 fabric softener and 1/4 water in the spray bottle. We just used Great Value fabric softener:
After awhile, we learned the secret of easy wallpaper removal:
1) Step One: Spray the area you want to remove (Keep it small – don’t spray the entire wall at once!)
2) Step Two: Come back to that same area approximately five minutes later and spray again.
3) Step Three: Come back to the same area a few minutes later and spray a third time, then start scraping.
4) Step Four: Enjoy the process!
Luckily, the only rooms in our house that we had to scrape were the kitchen and the two bathrooms. The two bathrooms just had borders, but the kitchen was a little bit of a different story.
The vintage green and white striped wallpaper was probably trendy at one time… but Phil and I just weren’t feeling it.
And…it peeled off like a dream! We hardly had to do ANY scraping!
However, little did we know there was another layer lurking behind it….
FINALLY – we came to the end of the wallpaper. And did a happy dance
My husband removed the drop ceiling in our kitchen before we moved in. Above the drop ceiling, there was wallpaper in the 15 inch gap. Both of the layers underneath the green stripes were in the gap as well as an OLD layer underneath everything – that was obviously removed a long time ago from the main walls of the kitchen:
Uncovering all of the different layers was actually kind of fun – sort of like digging for buried treasure!
Our arms were tired, but we got a lot accomplished in a short amount of time! Now the kitchen doesn’t look much better… but the stripes are gone at least
Here is one last helpful wallpaper hint: Make sure to put drop clothes or SOMETHING down on the floor underneath the wall where you are working, otherwise the glue starts to dry again, the wallpaper sticks to the floor, and it is just a BIG mess! Like this:
Stay tuned to see my husbands progress on our first floor bathroom!