The other day, without too much forethought or preparation I went in to test an area of the peeling wallpaper in the upstairs bathroom. Although I had only intended on testing a small area, I ended up doing one whole entire wall (albeit a very small “whole entire wall,” but a whole wall just the same ;)). Call me weird, but there’s just something about peeling and picking in general that tends to fascinate me, and once I got going I couldn’t seem to stop myself.
Because the top layer of the wallpaper was already peeling so badly, it came off without much effort (that was the fun part), but the backing… a whole other story. And the worst part is… whoever installed the wallpaper (37 years ago) did not prep/prime the wall underneath, so as I attempted to remove the backing of the wallpaper, some of the surface of the drywall peeled off right along with it. This is bad. Bad, bad, bad.
I am so disappointed about that because it means that I’m going to have to try and figure out how to repair the drywall, and I have no idea how to do that. I mean, I can spackle nail holes and slight imperfections reasonably well in preparation for painting, but mudding drywall (which I believe this is going to require) = no clue. Yeah, not feeling particularly confident there. At all.
But I’m going to try not fret about that right now, because I’m actually rather enjoying this process. It’s a bit hard on me, I have bad knees and standing for any length of time really takes its toll on me, so I have to pace myself and just do small amounts at a time, but while I was working, I had a really good mind-set.
Not only did it just feel good to peel stuff, but there was also something that felt very renewing about getting rid of that old, cracked, and decrepit top layer of wallpaper, scraping away the more than slightly resistant backing, and then just getting underneath it all to the foundation of the wall.
<insert life lessons type of metaphor here>
Also, while I worked, the birds were twittering away in the lilac bush outside the windows, and singing me a sweet symphony with their cheerful little chirping sounds. It was lovely and made my heart feel light. ♥
When I was able to peel myself away from my peeling, I went and grabbed my camera to see if I could catch a picture of them, and I found that the lilac bush has buds on it! Yay, finally!
Yes.. there is hope ~ SPRING is coming! 🙂
And I did catch a shot of a little sparrow looking warily at me. I think I interrupted its singing performance…
Okay, so back to the wallpaper…
Afterwards, I went online to read up a bit and watched numerous “how to” videos on wallpaper removal, and I’ve decided to go out today and get some chemical wallpaper removal stuff. I really don’t like using chemicals. I prefer using more natural methods of doing things, but I think it may help me get the rest of this done more effectively. I’m just going to get a small amount and test it out to see how it works. I also have the removal of the downstairs bathroom and the kitchen wallpaper looming ahead of me at some point in the future, and I really need to find the most efficient way to do this.
Here is the one photo that was taken of my wallpaper removal misadventures. My daughter came in and snapped this as I was nearing the finishing line removing what was remaining on my “whole entire wall” that I did. 😉
And look what was just below me underneath that window as I worked… my little garden box. Doesn’t look like much, still all covered in snow. 😦
But… the lilacs are budding and eventually the temps will be rising, so hopefully I’ll be digging around in you soon little garden. ♥
Gotta take care of this wallpaper first, anyway…