STRIPPING THE GUEST BATHROOM WALLPAPER

February 23, 2016

Four rooms in our home possess wallpaper – master bath, guest and children’s bath, half bath, and the entryway. We never go in the master bath yet, so that one is no bother at all. The half bath’s paper is not so bad. The one that gets under my skin the most is the entryway because I see it most frequently.

The most garish though, well that award goes easily to the children’s bath.

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Believe it or not, my eyes adjusted to a print even as bold as this one and overtime I stopped noticing it. Do not mistake that statement for meaning I grew to like it! I just “saw it”  less.

Then one afternoon I went in the bathroom to throw something away and started, well, pulling at it a little. And it started to come off easily. Like, so easily.

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I would compare it to the difficulty of removing a sticky note. The entire room took about 15 minutes by myself. Please do not be mad at me if you had horror wallpaper experiences. I am only miffed I did not do it sooner.

The ease of its removal could probably be attributed to that it is very old and the steam from showers naturally lifted the glue over time.

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The walls underneath seem to be drywall, but I am no expert at identifying it. They need to be scrubbed and primed and then I think it is ready for paint. Although they look a little dirty and scrappy, it is more more pleasant than the pink and gold floral.

That it was directly on unpainted drywall makes me think it was installed when the home was first built, but that pattern does not seem like it is from the ’70s to me?

STRIPPING GUEST BATHROOM WALLPAPER

That was a 20 minutes well spent.

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Comments

  • Rita webb

    I have to ask. Maybe you’ve explained before and I missed it, but why do you never go in your master bath? I am dying to have a house one day with a master bathroom lol. It baffles me that someone would have one and not want to use it haha!! -Rita

    • Rachel Schultz

      Well, first it had really nasty carpet and we were kind of afraid of it. Then we went to rip it up and lay some peel and stick tile as a temporary solution and found lots of water damage. So, it won’t be functional until we do a more involved gut job.

  • This bathroom has me drooling. The natural light! The sinks! How nice. Looks great without the wall paper. As you can see I’m a little over my basement apartment with minimal windows ;) Can’t wait to continue to follow your home reno journey!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Thanks Meg! I think with a few cosmetic changes it can be a lot better. That window is some of the best light in our house : )

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