I’ve recently moved into a new house. The house is a 1980’s “U” shaped bungalow. It has all the interior design trends of the 80’s. Fan shaped plastered walls, textured brown glass, carpeted on-suites, archways and oh did I mentioned the textured wallpaper? The house needs totally modernising.
The Master Bedroom has a feature wall. I’m making it sound elaborate however elaborate it is not. The previous owner had painted over the textured cream wallpaper to create the so called stand-out wall. The colour, pure blue.
Stripping wallpaper is a simple, easy and inexpensive job. Even the most novice weekend DIY’er can have a go and succeed. There are different ways to remove wallpaper, from renting a wallpaper steamer to good old fashioned elbow grease. The latter was my choice and below is a simple step by step guide.
Time: half a day per wall.
Tools: bucket, sponge, fabric softener, scraper, Stanley knife, plastic sheeting, small step ladder.
The feature wall.
The textured wallpaper.
Step 1: Get your kit ready. Mix your solution 50:50. I used an inexpensive fabric softener and hot water.
Step 2: Score the wall lightly with a Stanley Knife. Then wash the wall down with your soapy mix. I have found that by washing the whole wall and then going back to the start and re-doing the wash again works well. The wallpaper needs time to absorb the liquid and the liquid needs time to unstick the adhesive glue. (Note you can use a vinegar solution too however I prefer the smell of the fabric softener).
Make sure to put a plastic cover over your floor surface. I would usually tape the plastic to the skirting board to fully protect however in this instance I didn’t need to as once this room has been fully redecorated the carpet is to be replaced. My sheet here is just for mess.
Step 3: Using your hands and a scraper tool gently pull the wallpaper off the walls. Pulling upwards is the preferred direction however some areas do come away easier than others against the grain.
Step 4: Wash down your wall again ensuring no paper and adhesive have been left on.
(Article & Photography / Laura Thomas)
Laura Thomas is Owner / Designer at Laura Thomas Linens
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