I Fought the Wallpaper

And the wallpaper is winning.  Remember when I said that grass cloth is the wallpaper from hell?  I was wrong.  Faux cork is.  Honestly, I still have no idea what this is exactly, but it's pretty thin and therefore ripping off in little pieces.

Start of day:


Several hours later:


Seriously, it's one wall.  After 3 or 4 hours, that wall should be done.  Maybe I'll go back to trim painting.

What's on your plate today?

9 comments

  1. Wow, that's really weird. Maybe you could, like, sand the rest off or something? A power sander would at least make it kind of fun...

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  2. Have you tried steaming it with your iron?? Not that I've ever tried it, but I've heard it works. Good luck :)

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  3. wallpaper. the bane of your existence.

    my plate: work on the desk, food shopping, getting the pool to not look like dirty water.

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  4. Oh dear... hang in there! If it makes you feel better, I painted a test stripe in our dining room that I hate, so I'm avoiding it entirely and painting for fun instead.

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  5. I can feel for you! Our old house had 20+ year old wallpaper and different kinds including very dark wood paneling. I found the best method was scoring the paper a lot and soaking it with the wallpaper solution. Depending on the glue, sometimes warm soapy water worked well if I soaked the wallpaper. It is very messy.

    Good luck! Don't let the wallpaper win! It will look so nice when you are done.

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  6. "I fought the wall and the... wall won. i fought the wall and the, wall won"

    it took me 40+ work hours to get my parents' teeny tiny bathroom wallpaper off. good luck!

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  7. Oh, that is the absolute worst! I had a room like that and I thought it would suck the life right out of me! Good luck to you...you'll be so thrilled when it's finally down.

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  8. Oh, my gosh...I'm sorry for you! It took me the good part of a week to strip my kids' bathroom - ceiling and all. Then to make matters worse they had 1) wallpapered directly to the drywall and 2) put a second layer right over it! I just had to plug into my iPod, spray and scrape...long week....then I had to tell my husband we still had to get the wall textured before I could paint.

    Keep it up - it will look great once it's done!

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