You can do it…Yourself! In this video I’ll show you simple and fast fixes for all of those home projects you were too scared to tackle. Here you will see how to quickly remove wallpaper in just a few simple steps. Whether it’s flocked wallpaper from the 1970’s or ugly & not your style from the 2000’s. Have no fear because with these quick tricks you’ll be a wallpaper removal pro!
All you’ll need is a spackle knife or scraping tool, a pump sprayer with wand, a scoring tool, grease cutting dish soap (I prefer Palmolive), hot water, & a plastic drop cloth. Simply start by using the scoring tool in a circular motion to score holes into the wallpaper. I like to work on a section at a time, then spray it down with the solution and let that sit on the wallpaper for a few minutes while I move on to the next section of wall to score. After you have a section perforated with holes, mix hot water with the dish soap in the pump sprayer. For a gallon of water I would use about 6-8 tablespoons of soap. Pump up the sprayer and begin to spray the wall starting at the bottom going back and forth and working your way up the wall. Once that section is saturated you can move on to the next part of the wall and begin scoring. After the solution has sat for a few minutes, begin by scraping the wallpaper off with your spackle knife. The first layer of wallpaper will come off and most times a second layer will be left. That’s the actual paper backing part of the wallpaper. Just simply soak that part with the solution again and it will come off immediately. No need to score it again. After you scraped all the wallpaper off the wall there might be some residue left and for that you just want to grab a rag or sponge and using the soap water mixture or even just water, wipe the walls down completely.
Now that the paper and residue is completely off, you will notice the wall behind the wallpaper might not be in great shape. If that’s the case you can spackle the holes or damaged area with a 30 minute spackle product or any spackle paste you prefer. After that dries, sand the area and get ready for the paint. I like to sand the walls down everywhere before I paint to get any fibers or grit off the wall. You can start by priming the wall first which will set it up better for paint, or purchase a paint with primer already in it which is super common and in almost every paint product these days. After it’s painted, decorate your newly transformed walls and lavish in the beautiful room you helped to create!
If this job still seems too difficult or time consuming, contact me for a free consultation! 516-238-4463