Friday, May 21, 2010

Wallpaper Removal MADE EASY!!

Be forewarned...if you have unwanted wallpaper in your home and you read this post....you may fall in love with me. Just so you know. As part of the "grand" kitchen remodel we are now undertaking (small squeal), there is a great deal of wallpaper to eradicate. Luckily, early in our homeowning experience I came across this mixture....and it saved my sanity.

Into an empty gallon milk carton pour 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup liquid fabric softener, fill the rest with water. Shake, pour into a squirt bottle.

This is what your solution will look like....you may want to mark the jug...
to avoid an unfortunate cereal incident.

Now squirt the wallpaper. If it's the really old kind just squirt it right on and let it soak a couple minutes. If it's the shiny "modern" kind just try to grab an edge and tear some of the shiny off, then squirt.




Now scrape it off the wall like butter on a hot day.




Seriously, it comes off this easy...in sheets...practically sliding down the wall before you can get to it. This will change your life. ;-) And your house will smell great (choose your favorite scent of fabric softener)

Our entryway hall is now primed and ready for topcoat....photos coming soon!!
Progress marches on.




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9 comments:

  1. I've never heard of that method before - I was going to say I will remember that the next time I have to remove wallpaper but I hope to never have it in my house again!! But I will keep it in mind if I'm ever helping someone else. I've used vinegar and a putty knife before and that also works pretty well (though it's rather smelly).

    Hannah

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  2. You're right, I DO love you! Our house caught on fire, and the bathroom wallpaper is ruined, but it refuses to come off. This just saved my life. When I post it, you'll get full creds.

    I found you here by the way:

    http://www.homeownersinsurance.org/50-do-it-yourself-blogs-diy-must-reads-for-home-improvement-projects/

    I'm #42. Nice to meet you!

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  3. thanks so much for this! I found this back when you linked up to remodelaholic, but just now got around to working on my wallpaper. It's awesome - on the walls that were prepped right. However, I'm totally cursing the STUPID boarder previous owners put up. This goop is helping, lots, but just to even get the shiny part off is a NIGHTMARE.

    anyway. Thanks so much for the help! It gave me the courage to just start ripping the wall paper off my kitchen. It needed it too!

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  4. Thanks! The beach scene in my bathroom will no longer disturb me...

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  5. we used this method when removing 4 layers of old paper wallpaper from the walls and ceilings of our 91 year old home. If you ever have to tackle it again use a bug sprayer. Dump all the liquid in there and spray the wall, walk away and enjoy a cup of coffee and come back.

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  6. My bathroom wallpaper is adhered directly to the drywall (not sure if this is normal) and I was wondering if your method will work for my walls. Thanks!

    cfurmanchin{at}gmail{dot}com

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  7. Thank you! This worked just how you said it would! I removed wall paper from my childhood doll house! I found this on Pinterest and will be re-pinning it!

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  8. I have used this method with hot water and fabric softener which worked great, however, it doesn't remove the glue from the wall. Do you use the same mixture after removing the paper to cleanup the remaining glue before painting?

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  9. This works amazingly. Better than Dif? To get that hard to remove glue, I sprayed the walls and went over it with a stiff scrub brush. Walla, all gone. Then I washed the walls and used a flashlight to check it over good.

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