How we removed Wallpaper In 8 Rooms In Our New House!

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I knew it was going to be difficult to remove wallpaper from the house we bought. I just had no idea it would be quite so difficult. I also didn’t realize towards the end that I would start seriously doubting if we even made the right decision on purchasing this house. Thankfully I’m past all of that and I’m in love with the house all over again, but removing wallpaper is not for the faint at heart!

How we removed wallpaper from 8 rooms!

The house we bought is from 1972. One of the bedrooms had original wallpaper and one of them we stripped through enough that we found the original nursery wallpaper! It was a little sad to see that! The only wallpaper that come off easily was the dining room border. That was it.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what we were up against.

wallpaper in bathroom

The half bath off the laundry room. This had a border on the top.

The laundry room that is right off the kitchen. I’m seriously so excited about all the cabinet space I have, and that I’ll have a main floor laundry room! But the vines had to go. It looked like it was from the 1990’s.

Here is the kitchen with more of the same wallpaper! It went through the hallway as well. As a side note, I still don’t have a firm idea of what I’m doing with the extra space by those windows. We are not eating in here as a family, the formal dining room is right off the kitchen and we will use that for our table. But I might get a smaller table to put in here and use for homeschooling. Another thought was a small love seat that the children could read at or hang out in the kitchen while I make meals.

One of the bedrooms. Notice even the guitar on the wall has the same border wallpaper behind it?!

This large floral wallpaper seemed to be a popular choice in several rooms!

Ok, you probably have an idea at this point. There was a lot of wallpaper. How did we get it all down?

Going into this project I received lots and lots of advice. Some said use blue dish soap and water. Others said to use fabric softener and water. Then I heard white vinegar. And of course, getting a steamer was always an option.

I tried almost all of those option, and really decided that it almost varies room by room what works. It depends on how old your wallpaper is, if the wallpaper is a thinner type or if it’s thick and comes off nicely. Most of our wallpaper was thin (of course!).

While we used several different things, what by far worked the best was buying a steamer from Lowe’s. You can also get it on Amazon here. This steamer was amazing and I highly recommend it! I was told that you can rent a steamer for $50 a day, so it definitely was worth purchasing since we used it for over 2 weeks.

Our oldest son helping to steam and scrape.

It was a slow process, it took over 2 weeks to get it all done.  We were working 6 days a week with friends helping and it felt like it would never get done!

Just another day of wallpaper removal. I was getting tired at this point.

We also used the Paper Tiger for scoring the walls. You have to be careful that you don’t press super hard or the wall will be damaged, but you need to press hard enough for it to work. It really just takes practice.

Finally, we did spray the walls before we steamed in certain rooms. When the wallpaper was being really stubborn we would spray and steam, and then spray and steam some more.

We used the Piranha Wallpaper removal spray, and it seemed to work better than the homemade solutions.

This is the room that I felt like giving up on. It took us 3 ½ days to get all the wallpaper off this one room, with friends helping! We had to go through three layers of wallpaper, and paint in-between those layers! The final layer was the nursery paper. We managed to mess the drywall up pretty bad, but the guy we hired to come in and mud and sand all the walls made it look new again!

If you want the walls to look new again, hire someone to come and mud them and sand them for you. Seriously, don’t try to do this yourself. It took a professional 6 days to do this, and it would have taken us weeks and it would have looked horrible! This picture you can see the difference of where he had just applied mud to the wall, and the top part still needs it.

And the finished wall ends up looking like this!! All smooth and new looking. This is the gray color I’m painting throughout a lot of the house!

If you want to take down wallpaper, you need lots of patience, time, and a vision of what the end result will look like! Once I saw the kitchen wall painted those weeks of scraping wallpaper was worth it!

I’ll go through the steps we did one last time below.

  1. Score the walls using the Paper Tiger.
  2. Spray walls using a wallpaper removal solution.
  3. Using a wallpaper steamer, hold the steamer on the wall for up to 30 seconds. The length depends on how good your wallpaper is stuck on the wall!
  4. Use a wallpaper scraper tool or a putty knife to scrape it off the wall.
  5. Repeat a thousand and one times. 🙂

And here are the items we used! I hope this helps if you want to tackle a room that has wallpaper.

 

 

Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I’m sorry this Modest Monday is so late! I was in bed with a fever all day yesterday, and I just didn’t even feel like pulling out the computer to do this post. My children started attending church school this week, so I got up and dressed, hair curled, makeup on, and went and took these product photos of some new dresses after we dropped them off.

I’ve been waiting and waiting for these dresses to arrive! I knew I would love them, but they are even better in person! We have this rose maxi dress available on Deborah & Co. and guess what the best thing is? They have pockets!!!

There is also a Midi length dress, that comes with pockets. These dresses are soft, stretchy, and I think are very flattering!

They are available in sizes Small-3XL!

And now for the link up!

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Modest Monday and a Link Up!

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I was so excited to find this gingham dress that I had been waiting to wear it for the blog until we could go somewhere super cute and take some really nice photos. This house project is taking all of our time and attention though, and I really wanted to wear it to church!

Since I waited awhile to share, I can’t find it on the website now. I saw this dress first on Instagram, and then discovered it was for sale on the Target website only. The Plus size dress is still available, and I highly recommend it!

I used a short sleeve Halftee  under this dress, which was perfect!

If you haven’t already entered, don’t forget about this huge Homemaking Giveaway that ends today! It looks to be so encouraging for the winner, so head on over and enter while you have time! You definitely want to enter because you will be mailed a coupon code for the Homemaking Conference that is coming soon! I saw a list of the speakers and it’s literally the best list ever!

What I Wore

Dress – Target

Halftee – Short Sleeve Halftee from Deborah & Co.

Sandals – TOMS from Zulily

Headband – Deborah & Co.

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My Top 5 Baby Essentials

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Sophia is now 2 years old and even though we still call her baby she is officially a toddler. Life with her has been a crazy wild ride! She is still our most difficult toddler yet, she also has turned into being really sweet and funny as well.

I thought it would be fun to share what my top 5 baby essential items have been the past few years. After six children my list has been tested and tried, and I don’t have a lot of extra items included in the list.

Baby Carrier

Outside of diapers and wipes and clothes, this is my most essential item. I use my carrier a lot, and still use it with Sophia!

I’ve thought about getting a Toddler carrier now that she is 2, but for now we make the regular Tula carrier work. I’ve also used the Ergo baby carrier. I’m honestly not the best at using a baby wrap where I tie, but I’ve tried a few like the Happy Baby wrap before.

A Pack N Play

We haven’t used a crib for a few years because of the small house we live in. With 4 girls in one bedroom, having the baby sleep in a pack n play is essential. It’s actually worked out really well! It’s nice that they offer sheets for pack n play beds now!

A Teething Necklace

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t know if a teething necklace helps or not. Ha! But it’s the one thing I don’t mind trying that is “extra” and it honestly looks so cute on babies! We used one with the last two babies, and I’ll keep using a teething necklace if we have more babies.

Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets

I’ve put off buying these swaddle blankets with my first 5 babies. I finally kept hearing everyone talk so highly of them that I purchased a set, and I can’t believe what I was missing! I absolutely love how soft and snuggly these blankets are. They are lightweight, yet extremely good quality. We actually used these blankets for a full two years, and I think one is still not packed up. I bought a cheaper swaddle blanket at a children’s consignment sale and it wasn’t soft at all so we never used it.

Car Seats

Car seats are another essential item, and after using them quite a few times I have my favorites! With an infant I love using the Chicco Infant seat. The ratings on it are excellent, the quality is great, and I love the classic, clean lines.

Once they outgrow the infant seat we buy the Diono Radian Car Seat. These are one of the smallest seats on the market so they worked well when we had our mini van. The ratings are also extremely high on these seats, and they last forever! We currently have two of these that we are using with our 5 and 2 year old.

While there are other items I use with a baby, these are the top items that stand out to me! I recently found a new baby company to shop from online, and since I love supporting smaller companies I wanted to share it with you!

The Baby Cubby offers some of the well known items that I shared about in this post, as well as hundreds of other items! The store is made up of parents who have first hand experience with what is needed. What really stood out to me is that they price match, even with Amazon! So if you find something cheaper elsewhere, you can email them and they will match that price!

While we are slowly packing away baby gear, I look forward to using it all again at some point, if the Lord blesses us! If you are expecting, drop a comment and let me know! I’d love to know how many readers are going to be having a baby soon!

*This post was sponsored by The Baby Cubby. All thoughts are strictly my own.

 

 

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