Wallpaper is meant to come down like it went up – in full sheets, not in a thousand small pieces. Here’s my simple DIY guide to removing wallpaper like a pro.
Once you’ve got that old wallpaper down you’re ready to take the next step – paint the walls in an entirely new home decoration scheme that will make your house look like you’re an expert in interior design!
10 Simple Steps To Wallpaper Removal
Step 1 – Score wallpaper with Paper Tiger.
Step 2 – Saturate wall with wallpaper removal solution. A pump up garden sprayer makes this step a lot easier.
Step 3 – Let the walls soak for at least 10 minutes. Mist walls if necessary – just don’t let the solution dry out.
Step 4 – Grab a lower corner of paper and start to remove. If it doesn’t come down in a full sheet, stop and repeat Step 2.
Step 5 – If any paper backing remains after removing the face paper repeat steps 2 and step 3. A wall scraper is helpful to remove any excess paper and glue. Take care not to gouge the wall as you use the scraper or you will leave yourself with a lot of drywall repair.
Step 6 – After all wallpaper is removed scrub down the walls with green scrubby and wallpaper removal solution. This will remove excess paste.
Step 7 – Soak clean rags in fresh water and wipe down walls.
Step 8 – Prime walls with a good sealing primer like Smart Prime from Zinsser. This will help seal up any remaining glue and prepare your surface for paint.
Step 9 – Repair any drywall damage, spot prime repairs and apply two coats of paint.
Step 10 – Step back, crack a beer and admire your masterpiece!
DB’s Super Secret Wallpaper Removal Solution
Shared only with people who buy my wallpaper removal DVD – and of course viewers of ReVibe on 7&4!
Wallpaper Removal Solution(enough for a 12 x 12 room)
– 11 quarts of hot water – the hotter the better!!!
– 1/4 cup of liquid fabric softener
– 2 table spoons of baking soda
– 22 ounces of DIF* solution
– 1 cup white vinegar
– 1 three gallon pump up sprayer
*DIF can be found at Northwood Paint (1299 S. Airport W, TC) along with the rest of the supplies you will need listed below.
Supplies: one three gallon garden sprayer, rubber backed drop clothes to protect floor, lots of old towels, masking tape, sheet plastic, Zinsser Paper Tiger, wall scraper, paper wall scraper, one quart measuring cup,
five gallon pail, large funnel, green scrubby