And Now for More Scraping

Yesterday we got to work with the wallpaper paste dissolver and scrapers, and by the time I quit work around 1am, this was where we'd gotten. And that with a sizable break in the middle of the day for a dog play date and for Noel to take off for a gig.

Wallpaper down

Today, Noel is cutting up the paneling to go in the trash, then we begin sponging and scraping the wallpaper paste, while Noel handles the stuff too high for me to reach. We're going to take down the wallpaper above the picture rail, but I just can't reach that high on the small ladder.

Once the walls are clean, I will start repairing the loose plaster as best I can. This room is particularly bad: several parts of the wall are terribly spongy and others are noticeably sagging. I'm hoping a couple whole sections of plaster don't just fall out on me before I can secure them.

The plaster needs a day or so to dry out, then I can prime and paint.

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posted by ayse on 12/16/07


Urban Ore might take the panelling or freecycle - there are lunatics everywhere.

The problem with Urban Ore is that you have to get it there somehow. I haven't used Freecycle, but occasionally we put something at the curb and post it on Craigslist (we've gotten rid of two toilets and the old gas heater this way). The thing is that we could not figure out how to get the stuff out of the room and down the stairs safely without a lot more work. So we cut it into small pieces and will use one of our garbage "indulgences" (bag tags) to send it off to be buried forever under a park.

Do post details about how you get layers and layers of wallpaper off of plaster--I'm going to be playing that game this summer :-)

Sounds like fun, Fitz. My recommendation is to look for an item at your local hardware store called wallpaper paste remover: it comes in a spray bottle. I used maybe six or more on our bedroom. You spray it on the wallpaper and let it sit a while, and it helps a lot with the scraping.

But maybe I will find some photos and do a post on wallpaper removal tools.

The paneling might be good to protect the floor, especially if plaster pieces break off. If you step on them, they dent the floor. The former owners of our house did that in our bedroom, and there's craters all over the floor. Most of our wall paper came off with just water. We have some painted wallpaper (one layer)that's going to be a lot more difficult though.

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