I want to paint before the carpenter comes in three weeks to install crown moldings throughout my house so I am trying to strip the wallpaper that was on the common wall of my dining room and living room. It really should have been taken down a long time ago so the crown molding was a good incentive to do it now.
The clock is ticking so I finally got motivated yesterday to start. I think I’ve put it off for so long because I intuitively knew it was going to be a hassle.
And I was right.
The top layer of the paper came off fine but it left the paper backing, which you know is typical if you’ve ever stripped wallpaper. And the paper backing even came off about 2/3 of the 24 ft. long wall pretty easy.
But this last 8’ x 8’ section…it’s giving me absolute fits! I worked on this problem section for 4 or 5 hours last night and really only got about 1/2 of it done.
I first saturated the paper with slightly diluted fabric softener, which has worked really well for me in the past. Usually the paper just slips off. This time I’m not having too much success with it.
On the positive side, my hands sure are soft and my house smells nice from all the fabric softener!
Even DIF wallpaper remover isn’t making my job any easier. The backing is just coming off in small strips. It is requiring lots of tedious scraping. The fact that my walls are textured plaster is not helping either.
The next time I get a bee in my bonnet to put up wallpaper, will someone please remind me what a chore it is to remove it?!
Well, break time is over for me. Back to work. See you all soon. I hope.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 35.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.