jacob scraping wallpaper

And the Walls Came Crumbling Down…

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I have to admit that when I added the task of removing the wallpaper in the kitchen to my monthly goals, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Now, you might be asking why I want to remove the wallpaper.  Well, Trent lived in our house for a few years before we were married.  His wall decor was perfect for a bachelor, and hunter.  See for yourself.


Needless to say, I’ve been itching to take down this wallpaper for our entire five years of marriage….there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just not my style.


My nephew, Jacob, wanted to earn some extra cash so he volunteered to come over and help.  Little did he know what he was volunteering for.  He sure was a trooper and such a hard worker!!!

We started this project on Friday afternoon.  I must be naive because when Trent said that we wouldn’t have any problem taking it down, I thought we would just be able to pull the paper and be done with it.  I know, I’m a goober…stop laughing at me.  Needless to say, I had no idea what I was doing.

This was one of those projects that you start and wish you’d never started, but you’d already started it so there’s no turning back. (Maybe I’m the only one with those kind of projects.  I sure hope not.) Quite a few of the walls were cantankerous and we had a difficult time getting the paper off.  Had Jacob not been here Friday afternoon I would probably still be in a crying mess on the floor.

Once I learned that I wasn’t scoring the paper enough and that the paper needed to be extremely wet (we used the fabric softener/water in a spray bottle method) I felt like there was hope.  So for the last three days we scraped…



…and scraped…




…and scraped…


Jacob received the award for getting off the longest piece.  Hey, we had to do something to keep ourselves going.  ;o)

I’m so glad this task is over.  And, if you’re thinking about putting up wallpaper, DON’T.  Let me just say, if you decide to paint, it’s a lot easier to paint over paint than peeling this stuff.

Once we fix a few spots in the wall we’ll be ready to paint!

Thrifty T


  1. Thrifty T
    Thrifty T11-21-2011

    Saying that I blindly attempted this project is quite an understatement. ;o) And, yes, Annissa, I did keep part of the duck border for Trent.

  2. Anonymous

    OH MY WORD! You cured me! I was seriously thinking about putting up wallpaper in my front foyer. Jacob certainly earned his money and you earned the gold star award for blindly attempting this huge project! Can't wait to see the finished results.

  3. Anonymous

    What a handsome helper! :) Please tell me you kept a duck to frame for Trent. -Annissa

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