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Some facts about us: Together since May 2004, Matt & Kristin Married in May 2009. Between the two of us, we've lived in California, Hawaii, Guam, Japan and met here, in good ol' Virginia. We adopted two mini schnauzers, Hemingway & Mya aka The Pups. We bought our first home in May of 2011 and are ridiculously excited for all the DIY projects ahead of us.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Removing wallpaper is the worst...

It's a sticky job... but someone's gotta do it.  Half of the master bedroom closet was covered with a textured wallpaper.  It looked like a DIY project gone wrong.  We all know how that goes.  It was bubbling, peeling, bumpy and everything else bad you can think of.  Here is a picture of the type of wallpaper it was.

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? 


  1. It looks Grrrreat! Wow guys! Good job! =)

    I have not found a DIY job that was too much ... yet! Of course I've only done a couple of easy painting/sanding jobs. Give me time. lol!

  2. Thank you!

    I hope you don't find anything crazy like that, but it always works out. :)

  3. omg, a post about wet paper!! this is the worst lol

    But it does look GREAT!!


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