Relatively Easy Wallpaper Removal

Just 24 hours ago, I was writing about how great it was that the two layers of wallpaper in our new living room basically fell off the walls.  You had to know there was no way we'd have such an easy time removing the wallpaper in the bedrooms.

One bedroom had a border that was very securely attached to the wall and one wall with wallpaper.

Another bedroom was completely wallpapered with a dizzying paper. I was really looking forward to getting that stuff off the wall.

Trying my awesome removal technique from the dining room (picking at it with my nail) wasn't going to work, so I mixed a tablespoon of fabric softener with very hot water in a spray bottle. I don't normally use fabric softener, but I bought some in an attempt to save money and make my own Fabreeze (what a great a big bottle of something you don't use so you can make something you do use).

I'm not sure I really have to explain what happened from here. I sprayed the wallpaper, waited for the water to sink in, and then started peeling with the aid of a puddy knife I usually use for spreading spackle

While the wallpaper didn't fall off the wall, it sometimes came off in big pieces. This paper wasn't nearly as tough to take down as some are.

There were points when sweeping a sponge over the paper would pull it off the wall. I think it's key to really let the paper sit for a few minutes with the water on it.

I originally thought I'd be able to remove one "row" of paper each night after work, but I wound up getting it all down in two evenings.

The last room was the worst of the lot. Between paper being all every wall and a lot of grit and grime to clean, I wound up working pretty slowly.

I would love to stick to my Method cleaners, but I've been using a lot of diluted bleach (1 part bleach to 4-5 parts water) in the last few weeks to clean this place. I don't know what I'm looking at sometimes, I just know that it needs to go away.

I'll spare you the play-by-play on removing wallpaper from yet another bedroom. Instead, I'll show you all the paper about to be sent to the curb.

I forgot to mention that I was in a bit of a hurry to get the paper off the walls because a MAJOR project was about to start. I'll talk about that on Monday. Once that's done, the real fun begins!

Check back over the weekend! I'm going to post a shop tour of one of the newest home stores in Charlottesville. It's a stunning shop!


  1. now, the cat is out of the bag. It was the ceilings!

    I'm so far from buying furniture that it's safe to go into Folly right now.

  2. Major project? Hooray!

  3. wow. i cannot wait to see what the big project is:) and seeing a new home shop COULD be dangerous:) especially has budget shrinks with closing in future:) you are a brave girl with this house. my summer apt has me sad with how dirty it feels. can't handle deep clean if temporary and not my own mess:)


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