I'm happy to say we no longer have fruity wallpaper in our kitchen! I think every single person who came into the house made some kind of snarky comment about it, which I totally don't mind because I made plenty of my own about it, and it was rather amusing. Here's a couple of before's to remind you what it looked like.
I think we got lucky because the paper came off pretty easy. The top layer of the paper was already peeling away from the walls which made it easy to get started. I'm putting the video that I found the most helpful at the bottom of this post. We did exactly what this guy said and it worked like a charm. This guy and his dad have been doing this their whole life so I figured they probably knew what they were talking about, and they sure enough did!
What We Used:
- Putty knife
- Spray Bottle
- Step Ladder
What We Did:
- I started peeling at one of the seams that was already peeling away from the wall and removed the top layer of paper. We only had one layer of wallpaper to peel, but when you peel it, the bottom layer of the paper where the glue was applied will probably stick to the wall.
- After you get a sizable section of the top layer peeled off, fill a spray bottle with water. We didn't put anything but water in the bottle.
- Generously spray your walls down and let the water set in and work it's magic while you work on peeling some more top layer off. You'll probably start to see some of the bottom layer where you sprayed start bubbling up in some places. In the video the guy pulls his paper off the wall in long sheets, but that didn't work for me. I'll chalk it up it up to inexperience.
- We used putty knives to scrape a small section up and would peel as big of a piece as we could. It was fun and kind of like peeling your sunburn. Don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about. Maybe a little gross but strangely satisfying. So our method was more of a mix of scraping and peeling.
- For the most part, there wasn't a lot of glue residue sticking to our walls, but we used the putty knives to scrape any away as we went along. You do want to make sure you get that all off or it will mess up your paint job later down the road.
I didn't time us, but I don't think this job took more than two hours if that. We were dealing with a small space, though and like I said, our paper was already peeling off the walls.
We did try the steamer that we used on the floor to get the tar paper up, and it worked but it was just more time consuming than spraying the walls down with the water bottle.
Again, podcasts were my friend here until my cute little neighbor came over and helped us out. He worked just as hard as we did and kept us entertained!
Here's what our walls are looking like now sans wallpaper. Already looking better, but I can't wait to get some paint on them!
What have you tried that worked for you in getting wallpaper off walls?
Here's the video I found the most helpful.