The very first time J and I walked into this half-bath we knew the wallpaper had to go. We also knew it would be no fun. We’ve heard the stories of how tedious and frustrating it can be to take down wallpaper. Well, have no fear! It’s super easy these days.
We borrowed a steamer from a friend — thank you so very much! you know who you are 🙂 — which made it no trouble at all. We steamed little sections at a time and the wallpaper just peels off, like the glue just melts away or something. Excellent!
We did run into a few problems: in some areas (especially the lower wall, as you can see in the picture) the wallpaper still took the paint with it. I’m not sure if that was user error (too much or too little steaming?) or just the way that wallpaper glue interacted with that paint. Either way, we have some sanding and patching to do. Also, the window caulking was put over the wallpaper so we’ll have to get in there with an x-acto knife and cut out the little pieces still left. Lastly, it looks like the toilet and vanity were placed after the wallpaper so we’re going to pull the toilet to get all the wallpaper off that back wall. I opted to save that for another day when we have the supplies and time to replace the toilet same-day. As for behind the vanity, that’s just going to stay.
Like many projects, it currently looks worse than when we began but as the old saying goes, “it’s going to get worse before it gets better”. Now to pick a color for the walls … I’m considering doing a stenciled accent wall to jazz up the small space. We’ll see 🙂