My farmer hubby and I are still in the midst of remodeling the Big White Farmhouse on our family farm. While the second floor is complete there is still plenty of work to do on the main floor of the house. Mostly cosmetic …
Easy peasy projects like painting and removing wallpaper… LOL!
Well, let’s be honest, if you have ever removed wallpaper in an old house before you know it is not a fun job. The longer the wallpaper has been up the more difficult the removal becomes. If you have ever taken old wallpaper down, words that may come to mind are … nightmare, challenge, daunting and pain-in-the-butt!
But fear not, with a few simple tips, the task of removing old wallpaper can be a little less painful and a little more stress-free. Because we all need a few more stress-free moments in our lives. Now let’s get to the tips:
1. First, put down a plastic or cloth drop cloth to keep your clean up easy.
2. Then start by grabbing a corner of the wallpaper and slowly pull down toward you. If it comes off in large sheets, you can breathe a sigh of relief because you have an easy job ahead of you. If it comes off in a tiny strip, with part of the backing still clinging to the wall, it’s time to get serious.
3. Grab a spray bottle. Mix equal parts vinegar and warm water.
4. Spray the wallpaper (a one-two square foot area) and let it soak for a good 10-15 minutes. You can also use a bucket of water/vinegar and a sponge. But I am partial to the spray bottle because it’s less messy for you.
5. The use the edge of your scraper and scrap the wallpaper off the wall, using the water bottle to keep the paper moist for easy removal.
6. After you are finished, take a sponge or washcloth to wipe down your walls for any small pieces left behind.
And you are done. I know there are wallpaper removal chemicals that can be used, but honestly water and vinegar works as well as anything.
Good luck and if you want to keep up on our farmhouse renovations, check out my blog at www.hoosierfarmbabe.com