For anyone who hasn’t seen shots of my ugly bathroom with it’s hideous wall paper, here are a couple gems, mess and all:
Clearly my small attempts at decorating were futile since everything is just so outdated. I’m hanging out Friday night, and the areas with peeling wall paper start getting to me…
I was surprised to find out how easily it was coming off! So I grabbed a couple tools and got to work. Huge chunks of the paper were just peeling right off…awesome, right?
I was able to get most of the wall paper off pretty easily, just scrape, peel, ta da! Minus a few tricky areas behind the toilet, tub, and radiator. However…look at the nasty layer of adhesive it left behind!
However, with a bucket of hot hot water, a sponge, and a smaller scraper, I was again pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to remove the adhesive. Time consuming…you betcha, blisters on my fingers…oh yes, achy back…check. But look how it progressed:
Pink paint underneath…gross. I took a break for the night, and came back refreshed the next day. This involved more removing of adhesive…wet area, scrap, pull, repeat. And then I went back with warm soapy water and scrubbed the walls with the rough side of my sponge. Here’s how things are looking!
I can’t believe the progress already! There are some spots where the paint peeled off the wall…so there will be lots of sanding to come:
The woodwork will all need to be sanded and smoothed down as well before being painted. And there are some major cracks and holes that need repair work:
Clearly this isn’t some simple small project, I’ve got hours of hard work and elbow grease ahead of me, but I’m excited about it. I can’t believe I’ve already made this much progress in 2 days! Stay tuned to see how my bathroom progresses!
Hope the rest of you had a wonderful weekend!