Monday, May 24, 2010

Weekend Recap

For this weekend recap I have some exciting news to share with you all! We are breaking ground, in a sense. Bob and I have began working on his grandmothers house. We have started to deconstruct in order to reconstruct the master bedroom.

He officially got the heads up to go and live there and was told he could paint the walls. We went over there and did the first thing we need to do, began taking down wallpaper. This whole house is covered in wallpaper. I wouldn’t be surprised if every surface was submerged in wall paper. As soon as we began I began to laugh very loudly. Bob was not yet in the room and was like “What, what are you laughing about?!”


“Bare in mind we’re going to find hiccups and this is just the first one,” I explained. Note: The brown you see in above photo is just the adhesive between the two layers of wallpaper, we’re not that far yet.

He walked in then to see me pulling one layer of floral wallpaper off of a second hidden wallpaper. We hadn’t known there were two wallpapers on top of one another before hand. Really, I don’t this this is that big of a deal though, considering in an old house there are tons of surprises and this house was built in approximately 1927, based on Zillow.


I’ve asked different people how they prefer to take down wallpaper, only to hear different answers from everyone. My Dad forked over a product called (I’m totally blanking!) something like Wall Z! He told us to try this and swears it is suppose to be the best. Others have said to combine half parts white vinegar and water and saturate the wallpaper that way. I’ve tried this before in another project to find mediocre results. My friend Dana’s dad told me to combine cheap laundry softener (1/3 solution) with warm or hot water (2/3 solution) and to douse the walls in that with a pump sprayers bottle. We also have had a painter at my parents house this past month and he uses a product that begins with a Z, perhaps its Zinsser, and he says there is nothing like it. He also said the directions are different than how he does it. Do you have a tried and true method? As you can see we need your input!


P.S. Thanks to everyone who prayed for my cousin Nate. He is now out of the hospital and gallivanting about his college town like a healthy twenty-one year old!

"For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God." – Hebrews 3:4


  1. that is good news about your cousin! praise the Lord!

    i've never had the joys of dealing with wall paper. good luck to you! i'm sure you will have become quite the expert by the time you're done! : )

  2. Very glad to hear about your cousin!

    My family use wallpaper steamers which loosens it off the walls - maybe worth a try?

    Gemma X

  3. I can't wait to see more pictures of that house. I LOVE older homes. What fun! Is your family going to move into it?


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