Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wallpaper Fun

It really is fun. I just wish I had time to get more done. By tomorrow I should be up to the point where I can't reach any more. It was slow at first but as soon as I found this state-of-the-art wallpaper stripper, I'm making good time.

Once you wet it down with my secret formula wallpaper removal mixture (water in an old Windex bottle), it just peels off so easily. It's hard to tear myself away sometimes.
The stick might just allow me to reach the ceiling, but then I have to worry about how I'm going to mask the ceiling to paint. It will probably take me a few months to make the big decision about what color to paint and whether to put up that bead-board wallpaper beneath the chair rail that is not there yet.

My inquiries (through Emily) to my very good carpenter son-in-law about how hard it would be to put up a chair rail myself were met with much laughter and an emphatic, "VERY." Probably some eye rolling and more laughter. So I might not do that. Or ... I might.


  1. I've heard good success about a liquid starch/water mixture. Have you used that before?

  2. I've only used water. I wonder what starch would add. I'll try that on a section next time.

    Please. Please. Please. No painting. Think of what you are saying. Think of the consequences of your actions.Nine foot ceilings. Ladders. Straight lines at the wall/celing junction are normally preferred.
    Sincerly, Managing Editor

  4. Oops, I meant liquid fabric softener. Just sent you an article from BHG.
    Good grief...the Managing Editor is probably going to charge me with aiding and abetting! hee hee! ;-)

  5. The "managing editor" has been known to fall for the Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence ploy. On aforementioned sunroom, after I took all the wallpaper down and picked up a paintbrush (and maybe was not very meticulous), it took about 3 minutes for those managerial tendencies to emerge, and I was relieved of my paint brush. Never had to paint a stroke.

    Please aid and abet, Lydia.

  6. Of course you can put up chairrail by yourself! If I can do it, so can you. And I really hope you try the beadboard wallpaper. Let me know if you do! Thanks for stopping by.

  7. See, RYAN! Rhoda thinks I can do it. I tend to think I would have trouble, but I'd better get the wallpaper ordered first!