How to Remove Wallpaper – Part I

My Mom was big into the wallpaper back in the day. I remember helping my Dad take down and put up paper quite a few times. I remember going to the wallpaper store (do they even have these anymore?) and looking through all the kids wallpaper books while my Mom browsed through all the options.

I think it started with my childhood bedroom. My Dad, little brother and I raced around my yellow bedroom tearing down the paper while my Mom was grocery shopping. We wanted to surprise her.

Fast forward.

My husband and I bought our first house. This first house had a few rooms with wallpaper that really needed to go.

Here is a photo of our dining room wallpaper in all it’s 80s, mauve, metallic leaf glory.

This was the first room that we decided to tackle.

Tools Needed:

1 spray bottle
white vinegar
hot water
scraper

Take your spray bottle. Fill it 2/3 of the way with hot water.

Fill the last 1/3 with white vinegar.

All you need to do is spray it on the paper and let it sit for a minute. Then use the scraper (if possible I like to use plastic to protect the drywall).

You can use the scraper to start pulling up the edges.

If all goes well, this will happen:

Once I got a little piece away from the wall I just pulled it with my hands and the whole piece came off.

One solid piece.

Okay, I should probably warn you. That never happens. Never.

But for this room it did. Woo hoo!

Once I stripped the room of all the paper I needed to wash the walls. To do this I just used my hot water/vinegar solution (2/3 water to 1/3 vinegar) and used a sponge.

Some people like to use steamers, but I don’t like them. They explode really hot water all over your hands. Some other people like to get the chemical solutions from Home Depot. I would recommend starting with hot water and vinegar. It worked like a charm for this room.

If you’re having trouble with the paper you could always buy a scouring tool to perforate the paper and allow the water/vinegar solution to soak in deeper.

And that was it.

Shouldn’t it feel more complicated than that?

Well, the next room wasn’t so easy. That’s why this is only Part I.

To be continued… *cue scary music here*

4 thoughts on “How to Remove Wallpaper – Part I

  1. Cindi

    Oh. So could have used this info a few years ago. And yet, tra-la, there is but one more room in this home with wallpaper begging to come down. Can’t wait to try this recommendation.

    Reply
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