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It’s done. It’s FINALLY done. The UDH is wallpaperless!
Well, I guess not completely… but at least it’s no longer attached to actual walls and instead destined for the garbage can (except for one piece… I’ve tried to save one piece from each room for a project I’m working on).
This feels epic, in a way. After four years of peeling paper, it’s done. That took longer than getting a graduate degree (and speaking of epic, I was pretty excited to get this in the mail a couple of weeks ago!).
It all started with the guest bedroom back in 2010. Granny and Mom were over helping me get some things cleaned for the big move-in. And Granny took to the guest bedroom wall with its toothpastey mint-colored walls and ugly wallpaper. At least that stuff peeled off easily!
It seems as though each subsequent room has escalated in terms of stuck-on wallpapered trickiness. I’ve tried everything! The downstairs half bath was next, though I can thank my uncle for the majority of that makeover. He tore all of it down while I was at work, also in 2010.
I got covered in dust in the process, but hey – at least the paper was gone.
Next up was the dining room. Toughest so far, and wouldn’t even come off with the steamer. Mom was here for that tear-off, too. It’s not finished, but I got a skim coat on the walls before switching to the kitchen last fall.
And now, the kitchen is also wallpaper-free. After realizing that there were two, sometimes three layers of wallpaper on the wall, I gave up trying to salvage the first layer of drywall paper. If you know that you’re going to have to skim coat anyway, what’s the point in trying to be careful? Just let ‘er rip.
Mom was over this weekend and helped me tear down the rest. She was so determined, she even celebrated every time a piece came off in a large sheet (“YEAH!!!”).
In the end, I’ve still got quite a bit of repair work ahead of me, but I think the brown and white splotches all over the walls are still an improvement over greasy, yellowed, country kitchen paper. Don’t you?
Oh, right – sneak peek of the tile! Tell ya all about that on Wednesday’s #duelingDIY post. And let me just use the word “epic” again for obnoxious emphasis ;)
How about you? What were you up to over the weekend?