|The living room, before we got our hands on it|
|The trim has been taken down, and the walls are ready to be rid of their ugly wallpaper!|
Scraping off painted-over wallpaper really sucks, because the paint effectively seals the paper. This means that steam cannot penetrate it (which we learned the hard way), and wallpaper stripper isn't much better.
|In a room full of shredded wallpaper, Justin preps the sprayer of wallpaper stripper|
We did find that using a wallpaper perforator created enough space for the stripper to soak in, but even still, we had to do two rounds of spraying and scraping: once to get the outer layer down, and a second time to get the backing down.
|Justin sprays down the wallpaper with stripper|
Because we were using so much stripper, we quickly realized we'd need several gallons of it, instead of just a squirt bottle. So we mixed up some concentrate in a big pump sprayer. This not only lasted a lot longer, it made it a lot easier to spray large areas of the wall all at once.
|Brigitte gets excited about having to scrape wallpaper...again|
Despite Brigitte's feigned excitement, we all got tired of the tedious job pretty quickly. And yes, we did sometimes use scrapers as pictured above, but mostly we used long-handled razor scrapers (sharp blade=much easier job).
|Almost finished! The cream color is the remaining wallpaper backing, the blue is the wall.|
|Hallway wallpaper, ready to be removed|
|Wallpaper scraped off the hallway walls|
|Brigitte's perch for the day: atop a ladder in the hallway. Scraping.|
|Old layers of paint revealed|