Once upon a time, I got sucked into the world of prop designing at our local community theater. I met lots of cool, artsy people who allowed me to use the forbidden power tools. The same artsy folks taught me how to wallpaper. Now remember, I grew up in a house with white walls throughout (minus two rooms), so the idea of wallpapering became a new fascination.
One of my grade school/high school besties moved closer to where I grew up. She and her husband had a house built and in order to save, they decided to finish up a lot of the work themselves. This bestie was always a DIYer and frugal person, so that came to no surprise. So who lent the helping hand, especially with the wallpapering process? You guessed it.
So you see?
The wallpapering process was really simple, but little did I know that taking wallpaper down would be such a chore. Clearly, whomever told me it was simple, lied.
To remove my wallpaper, I started by using the Piranha Wallpaper Removal Kit. In this process, you score the wallpaper, dilute the solution and allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then use the scraper to scrape the wallpaper off. Sounds simple enough, right?
Here's what I didn't know:
- My wallpaper was applied to a freshly painted wall instead of a wall that was primed specifically for wallpaper. (If I ever wallpaper again, I'll remember that.) Had the paper been adhered to that surface, I think the removal would have been easier.
- Don't touch the blade on the scraper! Despite how it rubs against the wall surface, it really is a super sharp razor blade. Yeah, I got cut on the first piece of wall trying to pick some wallpaper pieces off of the scraper's edge.
Removing the wallpaper seriously took an entire day and I did not get to paint on Good Friday as I had hoped. However, I know that taking the necessary steps and being patient will pay off.