The New House... #3: Progress... I hate wallpaper!

Blog entry by ryno101 posted 10-27-2008 08:12 PM 4407 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I’ve been working at this for two weekends and one week of after work time. I’m leaving to go to work at 6:30am, working until 6pm, then driving an hour to get to the new house, working until midnight or so, wash, rinse, repeat.

First thing I did was pull the mom-mobile (our minivan, which I have co-opted for the duration of this project!) up to my workshop and load it all in. I’m one of those guys who needs to be organized, and I figure that my first step would be to clean out the basement area and set up a work space for myself.

Once that was set up, I started scraping…

There were several layers… from the wall out it was: Paint, wallpaper, paint, wallpaper, wallpaper, paint. Needless to mention, scraping was a big job…

More to come, but I’ve gotten a lot done, and wanted to get a quick update posted…

Next installment: Kitchen demo begins…

-- Ryno

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posted 10-27-2008 09:10 PM

I hate wallpaper as well, keep up the good work.

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posted 10-28-2008 12:33 AM

I have done my share…..we now paint everything.

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posted 10-28-2008 05:26 AM

Looks like you are making great progress so far, good job and keep up your efforts, you know they will pay dividends for you in the future. Thanks for keeping us posted.

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posted 10-28-2008 07:11 PM

Hope you were using a steamer… Got to admit, the thing was a godsend for us when we stripped all the paper out of our new place. We ran into the same deal.. Paint, paper, paint, paper paper, etc. Was alot of layering.

Paper is evil stuff.. At least when people paint and layer over it.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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posted 10-29-2008 11:12 PM

wallpaper is evil.

-- Roper master of sawdust

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posted 10-31-2008 03:16 PM

I also have been through that and hate it….

A steamer does make it easier but more important make sure that you get off ALL the glue before you prime and paint or it will peel and crack after a while.

It looks like you have done alot. Hang in there!

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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posted 10-31-2008 04:04 PM

FYI, for all y’all wallpaper haters, my technique was labor intensive (no steamer) but effective. The majority of the wallpaper was vinyl, so there wasn’t much I could do other than just take off the top vinyl layer, leave the glue and paper behind. I followed up with a garden sprayer filled with 1 1/2 gallons of water and 1/3 of a spray bottle of “Simple Green” cleaner… sprayed the glue/paper wait 5 minutes, and it peeled off with practically no effort, and all the glue came off as well, without leaving a residue behind!

Yeah, paper sucks… I’m glad that part’s over!

-- Ryno

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posted 11-01-2008 02:38 PM

I will try the simple green if I have a next time with wallpaper. Glad it worked.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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