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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Good morning to you all....
I had a "small" project I was going to work on last week
one that would be fairly quick
I thought....
And then I would blog about it.
But, what I thought would only take me two days.......
Wound up taking me a week.
What a miscalculation on my part.
I was so exasperated by I the time I got half way through
that I had to take a couple days away from it to
gather enough steam to head back in and finish it.
Ever have one of those projects?
What could be so bad - you ask...
Well, get ready for this because this pic is not for the weak.....

The wallpaper on our bathroom walls.
This is what I wake up to each morning.
It's way beyond jarring to  me.
Our landlord gave me permission to remove the paper
and repaint.
Boy, was I all over that in a heart beat.

Even though the corners were curling slightly in some areas
it was not the easiest job
I have ever done.

This was a vinyl coated paper.
That means it has a vinyl layer over a paper layer.
So, basically
you have two layers to peal off.
I scored it with a scoring tool
sprayed it with water as I have used in the past.
The vinyl layer peeled off but,
the paper layer would stay behind.

I used steam, I used vinegar and water,
I used bruit strength in my scraping.
There were areas that whoever had hung it had put on
large glops of glue.
Some of these pieces were meant to stay forevah.....
As you can see in the above pic
some of the pieces came off an inch at a time -
while others peeled right off quite easily.

This definitely was not a fun job.
after all the paper was finally removed
I had to fill in gouges from the bruit scraping
with spackling compound
and then sand.
I let it set for a couple of days because I was so
frustrated with the whole job.
What a major job it had turned into.
I had planned on one day to strip paper
one day to paint.
I was now like 4 days into this job and it was still
looming over me.

then came the paint
and, wallah.....

It was worth all the work when I look at this.
The color is
Valspar Seashore Fog
and I am so loving it.
It really makes all the white pop.



So clean and sharp.
I have all the accessories to put in yet
that's for another day.

Right now I am just going to sit back and enjoy
this transformation.
Just, because it frustrated me to no end.
I am so happy it turned out so well.....

Oh, and after it was all done
my sister told me I should have used
fabric softener in water to spritz the scored walls with.
Where was she when I was scraping my brain out???
I had never heard of this
believe me I will certainly try it the next time!

Have you ever had a job that was so frustrating and
took you way longer than you
had planned?

What do you use to strip wallpaper off with?

Until next time
have a great day and create.....

Lovin' my life in Carolina,

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  1. definitely a big improvement. We had antique pink wallpaper (with hearts) in our bathroom when we moved didn't stay up long! :)

  2. Wallpaper is definitely a personal taste thing....I am liking this so much better - thanks for stopping by.....

  3. Hi Cathy,
    This is my first time to visit your blog. I linked up to Meet Me Monday too. I think I had the same wallpaper in a house I lived in about 20 years ago. I feel your pain in removing the paper, but it was so worth it. Your bathroom looks marvelous now and I'm sure you're going to enjoy it much more now.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and I am definitely enjoying waking to a much less chaotic look in the mornings....

  4. Oh my gosh. I feel your pain! We've been updating my grandma's old house and she wallpapered EVERYTHING! I am so impressed with the work you've done. Wow.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Show & Tell at SNAP! It was really fun to see!

    xoxo, Tauni

    1. Thank you so much Tauni - hard work is rewarded I guess as the way it turned out is definitely much easier on the eyes. Thank you for stopping by.....

  5. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am loving your new bathroom. And your butterfly art!! Love it - am becoming a follower!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and following...and I am loving this new bathroom also....

  6. Wow! I could feel your pain reading how difficult this job was! I know you must of felt like no turning back but wanted to. I love the color and it is very much like the color in my bathroom! Love all your projects!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! xoxo Love Theresa

  7. This was a tough one but I got through it and am very happy with the results...Thanks Theresa - you have a wonderful holiday also....