First things first, congratulations to Erin Dammen who won last week's PleasanTrees giveaway! Erin, I've sent you an e-mail to get your address, so look out for that!
Now, onto the whole...house thing.
This weekend we decided to tackle removing the wallpaper from our upstairs bath. While it was in pretty good shape, it was very dated and the colors in it made the room very pink and dark. It wasn't working for me.
I honestly don't remember which blog I read about Safe & Simple on. But, I decided to use it because it was non toxic, non fumy, and
if somehow the dogs got it on their paws it wouldn't poison them. But then after all that, I may or may not have bought the bottle about 6 months ago and hid it away because removing wallpaper seemed really intimidating to me. Before I forget, I purchased mine here and it was very affordable for how concentrated it is.
I heard a lot of horror stories about removing wallpaper in old houses all the way to my friend's mom's horror story, "I steamed the wallpaper and the whole plaster wall crumbled down and we had to re-drywall!" I was horrified. But, since we are amazingly short on cash this week, I decided to suck it up and do it.
The wallpaper in the bathroom was not peeling without a fight, as it states on the bottle that you should remove as much of the top layer as possible before applying the solution.
Which literally, in a squirt bottle, I put a small squirt in it and then filled it up with water.
Sadly, nothing was coming up, and I was lucky to get a 1 inch piece off. I tried running a DIF tiger over it (you know, that round thing with the razors in it that cut small holes in the paper) and tried squirting the solution into the cuts, but it didn't work. We later found that when we DIDN'T cut it up, it worked out much better.
Once we were able to get a little corner up, we would soak the shit out of it with the solution, get a putty knife under it, and get it up just enough that we could grab it with our fingers and slowly pull it like a sunburn.
I worked on this room alone for about 4 hours, then Nate came in and kicked my ass. We decided this is because I am a picker while he is a peeler. If Nate has a sunburn he can NOT leave it alone. Whereas if I have a scab or a zit or something, I have to kill it.
Wallpaper was not a good chore for me.
I am also telling ya, that you haven't lived until you've seen my husband balancing on a clawfoot trying to get wallpaper down (even on the ceiling).
Don't believe me?
Once you get the top layer off, just soak the paper, wait a few minutes and it comes of like butter. It was really easy once the stupid top layer was off.
We did discover the shocking joy that it was plywood under the wallpaper. I'm assuming there's plaster behind it, but it does mean that there's no need to skim coat since we couldn't gouge anything. We'll do a coat or two of primer and then paint it, and put it on our list of rooms that need to be redrywalled when we get to that point on the house.
Now we're just stuck cleaning up all the gunk.
We swept up and cleaned, but I'm pretty sure the reason this stuff works so well is that it reactivates the glue which then...sticks to your floor when you're not paying attention.
What did you guys all get done this weekend?