My kids would tell you there have been times when I looked just like this and they knew to be anywhere but where I was if I were trying to remove wallpaper. I am not proud of some of the things that came out of my mouth back then. It must have warped my kids because those memories of my wallpaper meltdowns seem to be etched on their brains and they remind me of it every chance they get.
I'm just old enough that I have had a lot of wallpaper in my house and I have slowly been eliminating it. Unfortunately, I have another wallpaper removal task looming and I won't let myself buy the new bedding for this room until I have this unpleasantness behind me.
January is already in my rearview mirror but I am just now getting around to getting the wallpaper removed from Adam's room. It was one my New Year's resolutions to get this room updated. I even declared my intentions last month on a blog post but I think the whole frustrating, maddening and messy process was leaving me less than motivated.
This morning, though, I couldn't put it off any longer so I climbed up to the third floor armed with a bucket of water and a clean paint roller. I have tried steaming, using that lady bug looking thing that scores the paper, and more than once I have used Dif. Honestly, none of them really worked for me. In the end I always just came back to a bucket of water and a sponge.
This is the room that has been taunting me.
So how did I do it this time you ask? Well, the trick is to get the paper really really wet. This room has a lot of nooks and angles and I figured my arm would be really tired after scrubbing each wall numerous times with a water laden sponge. So I thought why not try a paint roller instead? Wow this worked so well, I wish I had thought of it on earlier projects. I'm not going to lie to you and say this has been a FUN day but it has gone so much better than I expected.
I actually put this paper up about ten years ago and it probably helps that I sized the heck out of the walls when I did it.
One wall down.
To start removing all of this paper I would roll one section and then let it set for about five minutes. Then I would go back and roll it with water a second time. I knew that when the paper started bubbling that the glue was disolving. When I thought the paper was ready I would try lifting it from the bottom corner. If it started pulling up easily I would just keep pulling until I hit some resistance or the whole piece pulled off. If it started to tear I would hit it again with the watered down roller and wait a couple of minutes - usually moving on to the next section and dousing that one with a layer of water. I would have to hit the top part of of the wall more often because of the whole gravity thing that made the bottom naturally wetter and easier to remove.
I also used a lot of water so you might want to protect your floor or carpet with a sheet or towels. I would also advise putting some duct tape over your outlets if you are really messy. I didn't do this but I know I should have.
The result would be BIG sections of wallpaper like this. What is it that it just feels so good when you get a great big piece all at once? It's an insane sense of accomplishment that's what it is. If there was a bit of paper liner left on the wall I would re-wet it and use a metal scraper or spatula to ease it off.
So save your money on all the fancy stuff and give this a whirl first. It worked for me. I hope you have the same kind of luck.