We were so lucky that the townhouse didn't have much wallpaper. One half bath was papered, which we had intended to leave until other renovations were done. At some point in the middle of other renovations, though, I couldn't take it anymore and that's why any photos of me removing the wallpaper capture the gusto with which I ripped it off. I was a little crazy-eyed.
Our basement has wood paneling that, in some spots, was painstakingly filled, primed and then wallpapered. Ugh, wallpaper again. The wallpaper had become frayed in areas and had majorly stalled progress in the basement as I tried to figure out what to do. Just ripping everything out and dry-walling was an idea bandied about, but that would have just led to us replacing everything: carpet, ceiling, doors, etc. And we just don't have the money for a full reno. If we did, the kitchen would get an overhaul first. Plus, I'd already painted a chunk of the basement. But the wallpaper walls looked rough around the edges. In an effort to do a quick spit and polish, I planned to paint over the wallpaper. Remember when they always did that on Trading Spaces? I removed loose bits but, even with first filling, sanding and priming rough areas, the paint (I tested it to the left) didn't cover the texture of seams.
So I bought paint with a subtle texture but the minute I rolled it on, the wallpaper started getting soggy and drooping. Enter crazy-eyed Tanya and her last minute wallpaper ripping decisions. I used my same trick from last time, so I thought I'd share. Now, this may not work for all wall papered walls, but it doesn't hurt to try!
What I did: I peeled off the durable top layer (with the design). Once the porous bottom layer was exposed, I sprayed it with warm water and, with the tiniest bit of coaxing, it came off like butter. Last time around, I had splurged on the wallpaper scoring device and the special headache-inducing spray. Once I got to it, though, this was loads easier (and cheaper).
Now I have a patchy ugly wall. I'm thinking paint and a gallery wall full of art will disguise this perfectly!
Do you have any wallpaper removal tips, tricks or horror stories?