First off, I am not usually one that is driven crazy how a home is decorated. I mean, I am like most people and would love to have say in what my home looks like, but I am ok with it being an ongoing project. It’s not usual for me to want it done asap! This was true until I saw this home.
Don’t get me wrong I love this home! It is perfect for my family. It’s like it’s own little paradise, matching the quiet suburban lifestyle with a natural wooded bliss, but the wallpaper in our master bedroom had to go!
Our home was built in 1977, and I think this wallpaper has been in that bedroom from about the time that Boy George was popular! It was this horrid blue wallpaper with flowers all over it, and I am a floral kind of girl. The telephone and electrical outlets were even covered in this stuff! It was just plain awful. It screamed from the walls, “Ashley, take me down now!” Fathoming one day with that dreadful stuff on my walls was making my stomach turn! Bedrooms are supposed to be places of escape, not something that’s gonna help you develop a twitch just at the sight of it!
This weekend hubby and I head to the local home improvement store. We grab our scorers, our wallpaper attacking spray, and our death to wallpaper scrapers. We are all set, or so we think!
I began scoring the wallpaper with the circular scorer. It took almost 45 minutes to score it all. I felt like Daniel-son from Karate Kid, “wax on, wax off”. Feel the burn in those arms. Of course, about 35 minutes into scoring, my husband realizes the scoring and gooping method is NOT removing this kryptonite based wallcrud. I was a little perturbed but at least I will have buff arms at the end of this experience. Boom, boom FIREPOWER!
After lots of toil and trouble, we finally figured out we had to scrape the dry wallpaper first with the supa scraper to separate the top designed layer from the paste and paper backing. THEN we could spray the holy crap out of the wallpaper and it peeled right off.
The spray that we put on the walls reminded me of ectoplasmic goop circa Ghostbusters. (How fitting since that was probably when this wallpaper was put up) It was sticky and nasty, but heck it did the job so what did I care.
8 hours, lots of goop, and two big guns later we finally removed all of the dang blasted wall paper. I am finally envisioning what my room is going to look like now that the screaming meme wallpaper is gone. The room is now a clean slate! We were able to putty the holes in the wall, and are going to put primer up today.
I just wanted to share with you that even though I have whined, ok a lot, about removing this wallpaper, that it is actually a really frugal thing to do. My room is about 12X15, and to pay a contractor to remove wallpaper and paint the repaint the room (not counting the cost of paint) is almost $800! That’s just for paining. That doesn’t count the cost for removing the wallpaper!
I found this neat tool that calculates the price difference between doing it yourself, and paying a contractor. It even adjusts for the cost of living differences in the area. This is what it said for my area.
You can check out Do It Yourself or Not to check out this calculator, plus they have links to Lowe’s and Home Depot’s paint calculators as well. They were really helpful to us, and we saved a bundle because of these tools! Check them out!
Now the Crunchy family is off to paint primer, and finally pick a color that is a harmonious Earthy blend to bring a natural feel to my beautiful new abode!