One semi-sickly and therefore lethargic baby + one mother with a four day weekend (too much HGTV time) + a bathroom with putrid pink wallpaper = a home improvement project gone terribly, terribly wrong.
What was I thinking? I’d heard people talk about how much work wallpaper removal was, but I figured that was them. Surely it’d be different for me. Not so much. I initially gave myself 2 weekends to get the paper off the walls and then another two to get the walls smoothed out and painted. This was going to be a nice, leisurely project where I could take my time and do it right. At the current rate at which the wallpaper is NOT coming off my walls, we’ll be celebrating the birth of Lovegirl’s grandchildren before this project is complete.
I have sprayed and scraped. And scraped and sprayed. And peeled. And cried. And prayed. And after two nights and the inhalation of who knows how much toxic paper-peel-off gel, I have removed a portion of wallpaper no larger than ummm . . . my head. I initially thought I was doing too good a job and had peeled down into the drywall. Not. I had simply removed the design portion of the paper – the top layer. These people put up GOOD (if there is such a thing) thick wallpaper that consists of several layers of compressed cardboard? under the design. It is never, ever, coming down. Never.
I have seriously considered patching up the hole I’ve made, hanging another sheet of wallpaper over it, and just painting over the wallpaper.
On the upside, I had a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend. We were very chill and low-key this weekend – thanks mostly to Lovegirl’s cold and the rainy weather. We spent a little time with family and friends on Thursday, and the rest of the weekend was spent napping, in front of the tube, and on previously mentioned home improvement project.
I did stand in line at Old Navy like a FOOL on Friday afternoon just to score some jeans and tshirts for Lovegirl. I stood in line for what, 2 hours to save $6! Way too much paper-peel-off gel inhalation!
Anybody out there itching for a trip to Mississippi to help remove wallpaper? I’ll pay you. Seriously.