Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Peeling Paper

It's about time I share one of my home projects with you.  I've been slacking big time. This past weekend I got started peeling wallpaper in the guest bathroom.  Fun times I tell ya.

Just a little reminder of what I'm working with:

Not only is the paper dated, it doesn't match any other room in our house.  There's not a touch of red anywhere else.  

The paper is actually coming off pretty easily using a scraper, a spray bottle and a sponge.  My technique involves spraying the paper with water, using the sponge to rub it in and catch drips, waiting a minute or two, then scraping it off. Here are my tools:

I did buy some DIF spray, but so far it hasn't been needed.

Ready for a progress shot?

It's!  Off-white floors, cabinets, trim, tile,'s a lot.  Can't wait to add some new color to these walls.   I'm thinking a light blue/green would look really pretty and maybe a large patterned or floral rug on the floor?  The wheels are spinning!

Considering this is my first time removing wallpaper, I think I lucked out with how easily it's coming off.  I've heard horror stories.  Do you have any to share?


  1. I've never had the pleasure of removing wall paper. Seems like it's about as fun as going to the dentist. It looks like you're making great progress though. Can't wait to see what you have in store for this room makeover!

  2. The first layer is usually easy - it's the under layer that doesn't want to come off and you end up peeling off in tiny strips. I found that soaking the walls in water mixed with fabric softener works the best. Luckily, there is no wall paper in my current house. Good luck. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    1. Soaking the under layer with water worked wonders. I did have to use a little elbow grease and it didn't come off in big strips, but it wasn't so bad!


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