1.28.2014

The Worst Project Ever: Part One


Hello Visitors!

The last few weekends have been spent completing our toughest project yet.
 The dreaded wallpaper stripping!
{Dun Dun Dun!!!!}


The wall paper in our second floor hallway was pretty neutral so we let it stick around 
{haha stick! get it?} for a while. It has definitely been lower on our project list. 
But it was finally time to de-paper the hall.

I'm not going to sugar-coat this project. It was pretty awful.
We thought it would take several hours. {it took about 20 hours!}

So after all the scraping, cursing and peeling, we thought we would share a few tips.

1. Hire someone to do it! 
Just kidding!
 Our first method we tried was wallpaper remover gel.
It was recommended by a friend so we though we would give it a shot.
The gel just dried on the wallpaper and became sticky. It didn't sink in or moisten the wallpaper.

So on our first trip to The Home De-pot {that's how Brew says it!}
we bought a wallpaper scorer.
Then, we scored!
And scraped!
 And got less than one small wall done in four hours.

So then we googled!
We decided to try something we already had around the house.
A 2:1 combination of hot water and fabric softener mixed in a spray bottle.

And it didn't work.
I think we had some really tough wallpaper. 
It was very thick and tough to scrape off in large pieces.

So we threw an adult temper tantrum regrouped and made our second trip to The Home De-pot 
to rent a wallpaper steamer.

 And it made a world of difference!
While the wallpaper still didn't peel off in sheets {like all the pictures on Google seem to show!}
it did peel off a lot easier. It was pretty messy and still time consuming, but after about 10 hours of scraping with very little progress, it was nice to finally be moving along!


Until we reached this part!
So we took turns stretching and dangling over the bannister and reevaluating some of our life choices
{Brew and his much longer arms had much longer turns...}

And after a long weekend of scraping and scoring and steaming, our wall is now paper-free!
If we can pass on one piece of wisdom from this wallpaper stripping adventure,
it would be to skip all the sprays and magic wallpaper tools and just rent a steamer. We probably spent as much on the gel and scorers as we did to rent to steamer. I think it was about $30/day from The Home De-pot. And we both agree that this will be a project we would never do again!
{Fortunately there isn't anymore wallpaper in our Sideways House!}

We will be sharing some after pictures of our hallway later this week!

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On a completely different note, I wanted to take a moment to share a few thoughts and updates.
I know we have been on a bit of an unplanned hiatus for a few weeks and it was tough to come back to blogging. My grandmother passed away on January 11th and I have had a hard time getting motivated to do anything. However, I do have to thank everyone for their support and love during this difficult time. I truly truly appreciate it! I have had more than a few people ask about the blog and lack of updates. It never ceases to surprise and amaze me that people stop by our little corner of the blog world. So I want to thank you guys for helping me to find my blogging motivation and reminding me of everything I love about being a part of the blogger community! Its good to be back!


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