Wallpaper Woes Resolved!

Hubby and I are very excited to begin the journey of re-design on our "new to us" retro bungalow in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. As previously mentioned the house has a ton of potential and we are confident that eventually it will be awesome. However, along with the abundance of interesting features that the house has, it also has a lot of hideous wallpaper and popcorn ceilings. As you can see in the picture below even the front entrance door has been wallpapered, I've never seen that before! But before I can get down to the nitty gritty of designing our new happy place I need to have a blank canvas with no visual distractions, at least no bad ones anyway. And that means removing all the wallpaper, stucco ceilings and painting the whole place white! I want to start the process with a clear mind and a clean slate in order to see the full potential that this house has to offer.

If you have ever had the pleasure of removing wallpaper that was installed in the 80's, you will likely know how difficult of a process it can be. I myself have done it one too many times and have vowed to never do it again. As a designer I have always loved to add wallpaper for visual interest and have never shied away from it. But the adhesives we use today are much more user friendly than in the past and therefore much easier to remove. In the case of our home, I was having visions of all of the plaster and drywall repair we could be in store for if the stuff didn't come down easily. Steve, being the kind hearted husband that he is, volunteered to try and remove it for me. So when home for his most recent visit I sent him back armed with a spray bottle and scraper in hopes that it would do the trick. Luckily and by complete fluke before he started in, I was watching an episode of the Property Brothers and they were also removing old wallpaper using a machine I had never seen before, the Wagner wallpaper steamer. I had heard that steaming the paper off the walls was a thing but I didn't realize there was an inexpensive machine on the market now that was exactly for this purpose. Thanks Jonathan Scott for the light bulb moment.

Hubby was a little skeptical but I urged him to head over to Lowe's and pick up a Wagner, according to the online data, they had 5 in stock. Well, as you can tell from the images below the process went as smooth as we could have hoped for! Turns out, in my handy hubby's own words, the Wagner Wallpaper Steamer purchase was "the best $80 he ever spent". Not only was it making the process much easier and faster, I even think he was enjoying himself a little along the way. We had a few laughs over Facetime as he worked away and I cheered him on especially when he discovered a second layer of paper in the front hallway. Technology is a wonderful thing for long disctance btw.

I am very happy to report that all the ugly wallpaper is gone, Steve still has his sanity and we are still happily married, hehehe. Here are some pictures of how the space is looking in its current state. I know it still leaves a lot to be desired but we are one step closer to creating our new happy place and for that I am thankful. :)

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