Archive for ‘Home Improvement’

July 25, 2014

Getting Rid of Wallpaper Paste

In this post, I talked about getting rid of the wallpaper in my bathroom. After the celebration of getting the last of the wallpaper was off the walls came the stark realization that there was still plenty of wallpaper paste still stuck to the walls.

I2014-07-25 13.53.35 contemplated leaving it as a rustic look, perhaps it looks like a designer faux plaster finish. Alas, it really doesn’t. It just looks messy.

Painting over wallpaper paste is not recommended. It’ll give a lumpy texture and the paint will likely peel. It needs to come off! But how?

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July 25, 2014

Getting Rid of Wallpaper

2014-02-11 17.14.46eWelcome to my bathroom. Isn’t it lovely? Well, it was in the 90s, anyway. Time for the wallpaper to go!

Note the lovely vaulted ceiling. It’s 12′ tall. I’m all of 5’3″. With the aid of a 6′ ladder, I was able to get most of it taken down in an afternoon. With another afternoon with my taller husband, we got it all down. There are plenty of sites out there to tell you how to do that, so I won’t detail the whole issue here (besides, I have no cool pictures). But I do have a few tips! All you need is a gallon of vinegar, a garden sprayer, water, a ladder, and patience. Lots of patience. One caveat: not all wallpaper is like this. If a top layer doesn’t come off, it may not be this easy to pull off.

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May 26, 2012

Fun with Flooring

We’re doing lots of home improvement projects in anticipation of our daughter’s wedding. Mostly it’s a lot of refinishing walls that sometimes includes either stripping poorly hung wallpaper or painting over oil-based paint. The home was built in 1989 — who uses oil-based paint INSIDE in the modern era?! Having finished most of the walls that we want to change, we’re now fixing the floors.

New carpet on the porch. Finally!

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