I broke the blogging rule of taking a picture before I started, so about 10 minutes into peeling back the top layer of wallpaper I took these shots. The left side of the closet is the wallpapered side.
Here is Mya helping out... and my fugly toes.
First I removed as much of the top layer as I could just by peeling it back. Then I took a spray bottle and filled with hot water and a little bit of soap, just a couple of squirts. I sprayed the entire wall where the bottom layer of wallpaper was left. Then I took a spackle knife, started from the bottom and shaved off the wallpaper. It actually came off really easy! Be careful though, the glue on the wallpaper is sticky again so you should try to bag it up quickly/immediately if your room is carpeted.
You'd think that after all that we'd just have to paint and all would be well. But no... it left this hole-ridden, spackled, unsanded mess of a wall. Apparently that's why they covered it up with wallpaper and the reason for all the bumps and bubbling.
I called in reinforcements, aka Matt, and respackled and sanded everything.
Then we painted it good ol' fashion antique white. Nothing fancy, but definitely an upgrade.
Have you found a DIY job to be much more than you bargained for?