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Help! Your Wallpaper Removal Tips Needed

Bathroom Wallpaper
Photo by Justin Louis

About a month ago, I became a first time homeowner. Once the glow wore off, it was time to start ticking items off of the to-do list. “Remove wallpaper” was #1 (take a look at that wallpaper and you can see why). I quickly discovered that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

I went to my local home improvement store and picked up a little gadget to score the paper, a scraper, and a bottle of spray that’s supposed to make “Removing Wallpaper as Easy as 1, 2, 3!”

I call false advertising.

I followed the directions exactly – I scored the paper, sprayed on the chemical, let it soak in for 20 minutes, and then attacked it with the scraper.

The pamphlet that came with the tools made it look like the paper would simply peel off in neat little strips.

Take a look at the picture above, there’s nothing “neat” about it. Some sections peeled right off. Some came off in tiny little bits. Other sections took chunks of the drywall underneath with it.

So I need your help, what are your strategies for removing wallpaper? At the moment, I’m willing to try anything! Leave your tips in the comments section!

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