Peeling Wallpaper – My first world problem of the day.

Today’s issue is wallpaper. Crappy peeling wallpaper.

And the other side is worse.

There is also this strange line of bubbling happening…

So yeah. I am kicking myself for not realizing how extensive the problem was. It isn’t the painted over painters tape I thought it was. It is painted over peeling wallpaper. From what I can tell by the layers the previous owners painted the room the bright blue (brighter than our bright blues), wallpapered over the blue and then, when the bank paid to paint the house (it was a foreclosure that was on the market for over a year), the painters painted over the wallpaper. Not cool painters.

So now I have a problem. I have huge loft beds in the way of wall paper removal that needs to be done. The lofts are not anchored to the wall but they are built into place so snugly that moving them would either mean disassembling them or having a team of people lift and move them at the same time very slowly and carefully. Neither are a good option. Tim suggested we peel of the big parts and then putty the rough areas until smooth and then paint over the  touch ups but I am afraid it would just be another band-aid over the problem.

When we pick up Michael from school today it marks the beginning of 10 days of spring break. We are not travelling anywhere during that time so I am going to use that time to 1: Catch Patrick up on his homework 2: do another purge of extra stuff around the house and 3: come hell or high water, the boys’ room will be completely finished by the time school starts up again.

Today’s goal is to empty out the room as much as I can, set up the boys mattresses in Elise’s room and then I got to get these walls figured out. I want to start staining tomorrow night so I need the walls painted and dry by tomorrow afternoon so I can do one more good sand and then start staining. This is another one of those moments I wish we were closer to home. My plan is to wedge cardboard between the lofts and the wall so no stain gets on the wall. My Dad’s store has stacks of cardboard that I could use but instead I will have to make a run to the big Orange store and see if they have any Refrigerator boxes I can have.

Have any of you dealt with peeling wallpaper before? Did you peel it all off? Paint over it? Peel off what was peeling and paint over the rest? Wallpaper over all of it? Elise’s theory of wall paper removal required gloves, and a few hand tools. (Shirt from Uncle Steve two Christmases ago. I believe you can find it at Think Geek. Every time she wears it she gets compliments.)

Whatever method I decide to go with is going to be messy. Since the room will already be in shambles maybe this is the room that I use as my de-popcorning guinea pig…. Tim is going to kill me when he reads that!

Why oh WHY didn’t I deal with all this before the loft beds were in place. Can I get a DIY reset button?

2 thoughts on “Peeling Wallpaper – My first world problem of the day.

  1. Steve

    I had peeling paint in my room but I live in an apartment. I just told the building manager and when I got back from work it was fixed. I also had some bubbling. It’s supposed to be from moisture in the walls. Glad the Princess still loves the shirt!

  2. Jess

    We ended up removing all of the wallpaper in the bathroom. Kyle did most (all) of the work. It sucked and he said next time he would have a heat gun and more sophisticated sanding tools (I think they were at the farm instead of at our house). He used hot water, fabric softener, a scoring tool, and a scraper. Then he had to sand the walls, prime, and paint.

    My job was to make good meals and pina coladas. You will need a lot of pina coladas.

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