I cringe at the thought of wallpaper.
Because it reminds me of the days I spent scraping the sticky stuff off the walls in the condo I purchased from my grandparents. I was so sore afterwards that I cursed its invention. And now three years into my home, I still have the upstairs bathroom wallpaper to remove.
This brings me to a company called Spoonflower.
Spoonflower allows you to create your own wallpaper designs and then upload them to their website.
And since I’m an artist and love to express my individuality this might make me change my ill feelings toward wallpaper.
You also have the option to choose other designs created by the members on Spoonflower if you’re not the creative type.
How to remove wallpaper:
Step 1: Layout drop cloths to protect floors. I didn’t because I knew all my flooring was being replaced, so if thats the case for you, then skip this step. Play some tunes to keep you motivated, because I will be honest this is not a pleasant job.
Step 2: You’ll want a wallpaper scorer, found in most home improvement stores. This device punches tiny holes through the paper, making wallpaper removal solution get in behind the paper. Caution, don’t press too hard when using the scorer or you will end up damaging the drywall.
Step 3: You can buy a professional wallpaper removal like Chomp, but I recommend a mixture of equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. I had both, because I didn’t know about the homemade version, until halfway through I ran out of Chomp and so I looked up this homemade recipe online and it really worked just as good as the professional stuff I bought. Next, spray a section of the wallpaper with your remover and let it sit for a couple of minutes.
Step 4: Starting at an edge begin to peel and pull upward. Use a putty knife to help wedge the paper away from the wall.
Step 5: Clean the walls with soapy water after your done the wallpaper removal. Use a sponge to wipe down the walls, scrubbing carefully to remove all traces of wallpaper adhesive. Finally, rinse down the walls with clean water and towel dry.