23 March 2012

. . . time to change . . .

. . . remember that one episode
of the brady bunch
when they're trying
to make a record . . .
{go ahead and watch that video
and let me know how long it takes
to get that tune out of your head}

. . . isn't this
a lovely waverly print? . . .
. . . i, apparently, thought so . . .




. . . back in 1996 . . .




. . . but the time has come . . .
{actually it probably should have come a long time ago}
. . . for a change . . .
{insert cracking voice}
. . . so i've decided
to get rid of part of it . . .
. . . there are three essential tools
for removing wallpaper . . .
1} a paper tiger
[it's an amazing scoring/perforating tool that makes tiny holes ~
i wish i'd invented it]



2} a spray bottle of hot water
[i use a pressurized garden sprayer,
sparing myself from painful hand cramps]
3} and the most important tool
is patience

. . . the tools are used in that order . . .
. . . score the paper . . .
. . . spray . . .
. . . wait . . .
. . . repeat steps two and three
many times . . .

. . . especially the waiting . . .
. . . trying to peel the paper off too early
only brings frustration
and damaged drywall . . .



. . . about four hours later . . .
. . . and that's all there is to it . . .
. . . i'd say it's already looking
about twenty-five per cent better . . .


2 comments:

{alisse t} said...

I remember using that tool and spray bottles one summer in your hallway between Mimi's room and your laundry room (probably back then it was your bedroom!). Our 10 year old selves didn't have the patience and instead started to try to peel the wallpaper right away. Made it worse! We eventually soaked it and used metal spatulas to scrape! Probably not the level of work you were hoping for. :)

Martha said...

Looking forward to see the final results of the bathroom and how you do it. Going to have to do that soon, too.