If you’re looking to learn how to strip wallpaper, you have come to the right place. We are making over our laundry room (slash mud room), and removing the wallpaper is the first task on our list. Stay tuned for several parts to this “Laundry Room Makeover” series, this one being first. I have many DIY decorating ideas I can’t wait to show you!
So…I had the wallpaper done about 7 years ago and I’ve hated it ever since . It was just a bad choice on my part and I have no idea what I was thinking. I think we paid a little over $300 to have it installed and the guy did a perfect job, but nothing was going to take away the busy tacky design.
Below you will find a full tutorial disclosing the steps and products we used to take this wallpaper down. Products are clickable links if you want more information on those.
Stripping wallpaper can seem like a daunting task. However, with careful preparation and some basic supplies, you can tackle even the most intimidating stripping project.
Even if you’re not interested in removing wallpaper, I think the process still might might be interesting to watch. Here’s our full wallpaper stripping tutorial, plus an extra hint on what’s to come next!
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You will need (click products for more information):
7. drywall 4 inch patching knife (you may not need)
8. joint compound (for patching)
9. sand paper
Begin by laying the drop cloths down on the floor in front of the wall with the wallpaper you want to strip. Be sure the drop cloth covers the floor right up to the the molding on the floor adjacent to the wall you are stripping so the floor is protected.
Next, use the wallpaper scorer to score the wallpaper on the wall. Work in circular motions, from top to bottom, making sure you score the entire wall evenly.
When finished, pour the wallpaper stripper into the bucket and using the large sponge, apply the stripper directly to the wallpaper. Wear disposable gloves to cover your hands during this step. We used a step stool, but you may need a larger step ladder.
We waited approximately 15 minutes and reapplied the stripper a second time to ensure the stripper saturates the paper completely. Wait 5 minutes and the paper should peel right off the wall.
Stubborn areas may require additional applications of the stripper. You may also need a drywall 4 inch patching knife to scrape hard to remove areas.
Once the paper has been removed, rinse the bucket and fill with hot water. With a clean sponge, use the hot water to wipe down the walls removing any residual wallpaper glue.
Depending on how well the walls were prepped when the wallpaper was originally applied, you may have areas where the drywall comes off with the wallpaper. These areas will need to be patched with joint compound.
***IMPORTANT***Before patching, you will need to prime the wall(s) with a good quality stain kill primer. This step will seal your wall(s) and ensure any residual glue is neutralized so you can prep the surface for patching and painting.
After you prime the walls, you will need to patch any problem areas 2-3 times and the sand smooth. Re-prime only the patched areas and you are ready to apply two coats of your favorite paint. This last photo was taken before we patched, but you get the idea.
Total ROLAIDS…I mean relief 🙂
Stay tuned for the remaining parts to our cool “Laundry Room Makeover” series where we will be showing you not only what we decided to do with the wall where the window is, but I have many more decorative changes. It will be very exciting to see the before & after photos.Tags: laundry room, wallpaper removal Posted by