I was all ready to write a post about how this wallpaper problem of mine wasn’t as bad as I thought because (quoting Michael) “Best News Ever!” It is just a wallpaper border! I was in high spirits when I gathered up all my supplies and set to peeling off the paper.
The vinegar and boiling water made for fast work and I was surprised at how big the pieces were that were peeling off. I took great pride in any piece that was over 6 inches. DIY geek? Probably, but I have not had a greater sense of accomplishment lately than discovering my master wallpaper peeling skills.
It didn’t take long for my mood to swing from excited about my quick progress to angry at the cheap bank who put quick permanent fix bandaid over a relatively easy problem.
Instead of the painters peeling off the border and painting, the painters thickly spackled over the bottom and corner seams of the wall paper border (which I can now say was a primary colored race car theme) and then painted over the spackle. Now the wall paper is peeling at the top seams down to the very crude spackle line which you can see in this pic from yesterdays post. I thought it was a bubble and peel issue, ends up it is a bad spackle job.
Here are the layers we now have to contend with:
Here is the progress I made in little less than an hour. Most of that time Elise sat next to me and we chatted. We could have worked like that for a much longer time, but then she started chanting “I hungry. Snack time now?” So that is as far as I have made it this morning. Disheartening? Yes.
you can see in the photo below where the border ends. The bottom 4 or so inches of border are covered in spackle. Everything above the line of spackle pulls off so easy with the vinegar.
So now I am left with another set of options. Try and scrap the spackle off the walls with out damaging them OR try and spackle over the bad spackling job.
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?