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Saturday, April 30, 2011

If You Thought Watching Paint Dry Was Fun...

... you should try stripping wallpaper!  

I just spent two days at the beach house in a sea of rotted grass cloth with these guys:

The lady at the hardware store said Dif was the best product, but she had obviously never met grasscloth.

Grasscloth is pure misery to remove.  I actually really like grasscloth, and might have left it alone, except for this:
cat scratching damage

And this:
cat and dog damage

And this:
damage from humans opening 
the coat closet every day

We got some estimates to have all the drywall replaced, but they all came in over $5000.   So, I scraped. And an hour later, it looked like this:
This is one hour of labor using Dif.

And another hour later with the same product:

At this rate, it was going to take a week just to strip the kitchen!  And the drywall was being damaged....

So, I tried Wip Chomp.  In about twenty minutes, our entryway went from this:

To this:

This wall went much faster, and with less damage to the drywall, but really, I've had more fun at the dentist's office.  There is still a lot of wallpaper left.  So much wallpaper left.  So very much.

Keeping my eyes on the prize....  enjoy what's left of your weekend!

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  1. I had wallpaper in every room of my house when I bought it. I started out using Dif and ended up discovering it's all about gettig the wallpaper wet enough to reconstitute the glue. I tried spraying water on the wall, letting it sit a few minutes, sprayed more water, let sit and did that a few times keeping the wallpaper wet for about 20 minutes before trying to get anything off. I tried rolling water on the wall with a paint roller but I'm pretty sure a really good spray bottle worked better. Once the glue reconstituted, the paper came off pretty easily. I did have painted walls underneath which seemed to release the paper well. If you're digging into the wall, I'm wondering if they installed wallpaper on an unpainted wall. That would be a nightmare.

  2. You win for really hard work. Worse than my removal of painted OVER wallpaper (twice painted over). I vow to never hang wallpaper.
    - Joy

  3. I've heard that mixture of fabric softener and water also works? But not sure how it would go on grasscloth. The technique I saw was to scratch the paper, spray it throughly, then let it soak for 20-30 minutes, then scrape.

    Yuck - doesn't matter how you do it, what a pain!

  4. OOOOhhhhh I feel your pain. Did you also make X's with a razor to help with removal?

  5. Oh man! Dif didn't work for us either, it didn't make a dif at all (pun intended)! We tried everything. We even used fabric softener (it seemed to be a popular choice on the internet)... but it didn't do it either. I ended up doing a combo of steam and razor and elbow grease. Lots and lots of elbow grease! Yup, eye on the prize!!!

  6. I feel your pain Amanda, but it's going to be so worth it!

  7. Uffda! (to use a Norwegian phrase for dismay) have to keep telling yourself it's worth it :)

  8. Man oh have quite the patience. I bow down to you. Hope it starts going a little faster....


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