Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Make It Rain

When I tell friends and family that we have to remove wallpaper off every square inch of wall and ceiling space (except for the bathroom and kitchen), their response is usually, "Wow, that stinks. I had to take down a border in a bedroom once. It's a pain..."

Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of the amount of wallpaper that we have taken down thus far (about five 55-gallon trash bags full to be exact)...

We began the process on the first day with nothing more than a sponge, a bucket full of solution, and a metal scraper - but our wrinkled fingers were a good indication that there had to be a better way to get the same result. We soon wised up and made the best $7 purchase from Lowes in the history of the world. This hand-pump sprayer (typically used to spray pesticides and Weed-Be-Gone) sped the process up considerably.

Just add one capful of DIF Wallpaper Remover to a couple gallons of water and soak away. Luckily, the plaster walls are resistant to the moisture so we were able to spray the walls over and over again until the paper was literally soggy. The density of the plaster also allowed us to scrape with significant force without worrying too much about scuffing (and later repairing) the walls.

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