My in-laws' guest bathroom needed a makeover. This is not a post about how quick and not messy the process was. I like reading people's blogs about how fast and easy it was...oh...just put on a layer of paint and half an hour later it looks amazing like in a magazine.
No...this took me about a week (granted I had a toddler on my hands AND the last two days of the project we found out we were moving to CO in TWO weeks). The wall paper removal took me a day, with lots of interruptions from the aforementioned toddler.
Let's proceed with some awesome BEFORE pictures:
Not bad - a nice and clean bathroom. It was a bit dated and the wallpaper, cabinets and shower curtain have probably seen better days.
My first biggest challenge was THE WALLPAPER!!! I was dreading this first step. Why? Because a few years ago, my husband and I removed all the wallpaper from their first floor and it was sooo hard. We tried everything: special sprays, even rented a steamer, and eventually had to sand it all off. I am not sure what century we lived in and why we didn't google how to do it, but we just went with the recommendations of the Home Depot guys and they sucked.
This time around, I was armed with patience and ready to have the same challenges as before. Not so fast....honey. I googled it (like in Shopaholic when Isla Fischer says...yes...I googled) and found lots of good tips. A lot of them involved going and buying all kinds of nifty tools like a wall paper scorer. I did not want to go to the store and so I kept looking for home remedies. I decided to go with the fabric softener idea.
HOW I DID IT:
1. Take a large bucket and mix in equal parts warm water and fabric softener. I poured the mixture in a spray bottle (I had to pour out the leftover windex and rinse the bottle).
2. I thought I could just spray the wallpaper and then it will soften, and then I'd be able to just peel it off. Well, not really. Old wall-paper (in this case probably the '80s) has :
- a vinyl top layer and no amount of anything will take that off
-and a layer of kinda fuzzy wallpaper backing.
So, the best way is to peel off all of the vinyl. In most areas it all came off in strips. I did that until all that remained on the walls was the paper backing
3. I proceeded to spray the wall in sections and it was like a miracle - it all came off. The 2 pictures below show how easily it came off after I soaked it in the fabric softener mixture.
I only photographed the removal of a small section, before I figured out out I should just remove all the vinyl first. But you get the point.
3. Although it came off easily, it was still a time consuming activity. After a while, spraying was really hurting my hand, so I just poured my mixture into a paint tray and rolled with a paint roller. MUCH faster, but messier. Also, when you get close to outlets, turn the lights off. Because this bathroom doesn’t have any windows, it was completely dark, so I brought a table lamp that I plugged in the hallway outside the bathroom.
After I was done taking off the wallpaper, I cleaned all the crap off the floor and wiped the walls with warm water and a sponge, to remove any glue residue and any left over fuzz. Vois-la!!! All ready for priming.
I really am super excited I found such an awesome way to remove old wall paper. Seriously, if you give it a try and you can see it come off this easily, come tell me and let’s have a happy dance together. If that is not the case…still come here and we can encourage you and find a different method. I do hope this is a helpful post and if you have any questions/comments/ or whatever…please do share.
Here's what the bathroom looks like after the makeover:
You can read about the rest of the transformation here
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