Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What were we thinking?

So when we got bought our house, we knew there was work to be done. So little by little, we have made some progress! However, Monday we decided to tackle our next project...

OH MY! WHAT WERE WE THINKING!!!!!!!!!!!

You see, the master bathroom is made up of two rooms. One room has the vanity and sink and the other has a standing sink and the shower and toilet! Well, this room was painted a not so cute green color and really didn't go with the flow of the house. So I knew I wanted to paint it, I just wasn't sure what color. Well after living there a few weeks, I noticed that something strange was happening...

IS THAT WALLPAPER COMING OFF????????? Yes sir it was. So I told Hubs that had to come down so we could paint. And I thought since it was already peeling off it would come off so easy!

WRONG!

So... we were already into it because we had peeling some edges. It stopped coming off so easy!!!!!! And Hubs may have let some cuss words fly (and me too-a few)! I might have gotten so frustrated last night that I almost started crying. And have I mentioned that it's not on every wall, just the entire small room where the shower is and one wall where the sink and vanity is! SO WEIRD! The bathroom is a hot mess!!!!!!! That's where I get ready every morning. It's where I get clean and it's so filthy with pieces of wallpaper everywhere. I keep telling myself that it will get done eventually and look great but you see, I am not a patient person by trade... least patient person I know! So I am smiling (trying) and scrubbing and scraping my heart out trying to get it done as fast as possible.

I called Sherwin Williams today and asked them if they had any suggestions or if they rented out steamers for wallpaper. The guy giggled and we talked for a while about getting wallpaper down and what a pain in the ass it was! He then told me, "If you and your husband are still married after this project, you have a good thing going!" I died laughing!!! :) And it's true, my husband gets frustrated with the best of them and I have ZERO patience so it will make for an interesting little renovation but it guaranteed to look FAB when we are finished... here's what we got so far... HOTT MESSSSSSSSS!







40 comments:

Krystyn said...

I don't understand wallpaper! It's ridiculous!

I hope it's easier than it seems.

Dollface said...

Oh my! Well kudos to you for trying to take this on... good luck! xxooo

Lis said...

I HATE wallpaper too!! And you and the hubs will def. survive this - it just requires more patience than the avg. person has!!

Good luck!! I know it will look amazing when you are done! :)

Lindsey said...

UGH, I hate wallpaper! Good luck friend, it's gonna look great and be worth it!

The Reality of Happily Ever After said...

UGH A LUGH!!!!!!! I'm so with you and it's TRUE! If you can make it through a project like this, you can make it through ANYTHING! D and I built a WHOLE HOUSE going through these sorts of things..... Good thing we can laugh when we think back to it!

Amanda said...

My husband and I had to deal with wallpaper when we sold his house before we got married. If you put liquid fabric softener and water into a spray bottle and let it soak into the paper it will scrap off very easily! Or at least better than with wallpaper remover you can purchase.

I have never commented before but wanted to pass along what worked on our wallpaper!

Tracy's Porch said...

Feeling for you!!!!!! Good luck!!!!! Can't wait to see the end result.

Vineyard Vogue said...

Oh gosh.. removing wallpaper is horrible! I want to say I've heard something about vinegar really helping the process?? Google it and you may find something! Good luck!!

Beth said...

We had the same problems in both of our bathrooms. The only difference was that it was the whole bathroom. In some place it would get down to the sheet rock. It was horrible!! I heard...after I had the ordeal with wallpaper, that liquid fabric softner is supposed to be really good to use. Maybe you could try that.
Good Luck!!

Katie said...

I love these kind of stories...renovation realities if you will. If you give up on peeling and want to paint over it - email me, I'll let you know what you can do. But I would only do it if your marriage is on the line :)

Brown Eyed Girl said...

Oh I hate taking down wallpaper!! I have done it a few times and it sucks. My mom has used a steamer, a wallpaper scorer and some spray solution. It doesn't make it super easy to get off but it's not as tough.

Good luck girl! Hubs and I built a house together during our wedding planning and everyone said if we could get through that then we could get through anything. Pretty true ;) HA!

Marge said...

Oh my word. That is a very un-fun situation. Let me also advise against painting your kitchen cabinets (if you haven't already). We did that a few weekends ago and it was almost divorce central (kidding!). Best of luck and I hope you can find some make-it-easy techniques online :)

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I feel your pain...I hate wallpaper with a passion. When looking at houses that is a major turn off for me. Good Luck!

Practically Perfect... said...

What a nightmare! I hate removing wallpaper - the worst is when it's been painted over! Good luck!

TexasLauren77 said...

It's times like these when I ask myself, "Why in the WORLD would anyone wallpaper a wall with SOLID COLORED WALLPAPER?????" Personally, wallpaper in general is not really my taste, but I guess some people really like it. But for the love of all things holy, why in the world would someone go to all the trouble of wallpapering a room if a bucket of paint would have done the trick for a fraction of the time, work, and money??? The people who owned your house before you must have been INSANE!!! Hang in there, girl! I know you and Hubs will make the place look fabulous! :)

Mecca said...

We just did two rooms of removing wallpaper and are still married. :-) We used DIF gel roll on wallpaper remover. It's easier if you can pull of the "top" vinyl layer and then DIF the adhesive, but even if you can't get the top layer off first, DIF works well. You apply it with a regular paint roller. Good luck!

The Ross Family said...

Oh goodness, you poor thing.

Leslie said...

Wallpaper removal is the worst! My family once started removing some in an old house only to find FIVE more layers underneath. I mean, seriously, people! FIVE layers of wallpaper??? Good luck! Sounds like you're being a good sport!

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

Stripping wall paper is the worst thing on planet earth. I would rather be tortured than do it. hahaha.... can't wait to see the finished product!

Sarah said...

totally looks like your hubs is peeing.. until I looked at the pic again and realized he wasn't i was thinking what the heck would she put that kinda pic up for.... hahahaha

Mojito Maven said...

oh god, wall paper is the WORST. it one took me a week, re-texturing the wall, and 4 coats of paint to fix my childhood bedroom the wall paper was stuck on so bad. never again will i do that. always paint for me.

midnight macaroons said...

There's a round scrapper that circulates while running across the paper. Sorry I can't remember the name (darn it). It really helps tear the hard sticking paper. The steamer can pick it up better and makes removal much faster. Check with your local hardware store.

I was at a show last month and wallpaper is coming back, blah! It's really big in NYC and LA right now. I was just in a up scale designer loft in Houston and saw it there too. It's much different from the old stuff we are use to but it's still wallpaper.

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

we soooo understand!!! we hate wallpaper and the entire family room in our house is wallpapered!!! why??? there's goobegone, and we've used steamers, and scrapy things in the past, oh my gosh, we are sooo not looking forward to that!!! good luck girl!!

Gwen said...

We had to remove wallpaper from our kitchen and several rooms had borders. I recommend perforating it and then using a steamer. That was the only thing that worked for us. Just think how gorgeous it will be once you get finished!!! Can't wait to see it!!! XOXO

Meagan said...

My husband sprayed ours with a hudson sprayer and let it sit, sprayed it again, let it sit for another half hour and then it came off pretty easy for the most part! Good luck woman! I HATE wallpaper!

*~! megs !~* said...

oh girl. this was by far the worst home improvement project we've encountered so far. absolutely horrible. we sprayed our bathroom down with a yard sprayer full of water and then used hair dryers. it was horrible. oh. and a clothes steamer. horrible. then we found another layer under that. we painted over that one!!

good luck hon!!

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Pharmacist Erin said...

You definitely need a steamer! That's the only way to take down wallpaper. I've also heard that spraying liquid fabric softener will help. But I've tried the steamer and it works.

writing4612 said...

Oh lord!

craftymichelle said...

I have been in your situation before and the steamer that we rented was a blessing. In my current house, there were a couple of things that I didn't notice until we officially owned it. The lady before us put border on the tub and, get this, she cut out a rose from the border and stuck it on the tank of the toilet. Image my surprise when I went to put the seat down for the first time! Hang in there.

Lucky in Love said...

Oh no! That definitely looks like quite the project :) Good luck!

Elizabeth said...

That is so frustrating - good luck!

Tara Gibson said...

oh girl! i bet you were so stressed! i would have never even tried so i applaud you for that! haha! just think of how great it will be when it gets done : )

The Shabby Princess said...

Oh no!! When we bought our house it was where wallpaper went to die, so, I feel your pain. You'll get through it and you'll be so happy when it's over. It will look great.

Hugs!! I know it's stressful :)

The Northerner said...

Oh no! Wallpaper is the worst invention ever. I know it is stressful now, but it is better to do it before the baby comes!

Mary Michal said...

Oh, I hate taking down wallpaper. It's such a pain! But the end result will definitely be worth it. You'll have to keep us updated on the progress you make.

Blue-Eyed Bride said...

oh, Lordy! you poor thing! patience isn't my best trait either so i can totally relate. i was laughing a little bit at your story though! :)

My name is Megan... said...

oh goodness!!! I hate that for you guys! I bet it will look great when done...just may take a little longer :( Can't wait for the finished product! :)

kkparris said...

we had the same problem..i spent tons of money on products that were supposed to get the wall paper off(not)!!! i finally went to lowes bought this little round deal that has spikes...it punches holes in the wall paper ...then went and bought a huge bottle of cheap fabric softer .i rolled the paper w/the little spike deal and sprayed on the fabric softner(soaked it)let it stand for about 15 min. and the paper started peeling itself!!!!our paper in spots was so stuck that it tore the sheetrock(butt he fabricsoftner did the trick)!! hope this helps...wallpaper is a beast!!!

kkparris said...

and that was supposed to be but not butt...sorry:)