Sunday, October 21, 2012

Out With the Old

This has been a crazy busy weekend. Two of our boys had soccer tournaments and of course they were opposite directions so my husband took our oldest son towards Southern Ohio for his tournament while I headed North! We got back within minutes of each other and even though we were super tired we knew that we had to take advantage of my husband being off work so we went to the new house to work. I dreaded it all day because I know what a nightmare it is to pull of old wallpaper, especially wallpaper that has been on for awhile. I have to say though. I was pleasantly surprised! We took all four kids with us an on our way, I ran into the Dollar General and bought spray bottles for $1 each, a bottle of vinegar and a bottle of fabric softener. These were all suggested to us by friends but I am going to admit. Nothing worked better than plain old hot water. The vinegar smelled bad and the fabric softener was messy (It was BLUE!) so we ended up just using hot water and it wasn't so bad.

This is what was on the walls before we started. Every wall was covered in the paper and then the border went all the way around the room.

We peeled off the top layer and of course it left all off the wallpaper backing on the walls. We all took our spray bottles filled with hot water and went to work!  After we sprayed the walls, we let the water soak into the paper for 3-4 minutes and then we used putty knives to scrap it off. 

2 hours later....YAY!

After we had all of the wallpaper off, it was time to say goodbye to the old green carpet. This part was actually really easy. My husband used a tool to loosen up one of the corners and then it peeled right off! We rolled it up and hauled it out. After we took it out, we had to remove all of the tack strip. My husband used a   crow bar and a hammer and took less than 10 minutes to get it all up. Then he used pliers to get all of the staples out of the floor. 

Even the kids helped pull the staples up! 

It only took about 3 1/2 hours for us to completely empty this room of the old wallpaper, border and carpet! 

Next up, painting. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks that you can use in your own home!


  1. Wow! You got so much done! I will have to remember your wallpaper trick. I have some wallpaper that is starting to peel.

  2. The after photos look great Sarah! I can't wait to see what it looks like when you are all finished. We had to strip wallpaper when we bought the investment property. We bought a wallpaper score wheel thingy (I don't know the actual name for it) and we scored all of the walls, sprayed them with a softner, let it soak for about 10-15 minutes and then scraped with a scraper. Looks like you did just fine getting it off though. :)


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