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Old 09-24-2007, 10:11 AM   #41
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Either that, or maybe you were scraping at a stuck piece of wallpaper a bit too vigorously and poked a hole clear through the drywall?
ROFL!! Probably. Either that or I just went completely insane. Oh well. Today I have to be at w*rk so I can rest my poor aching body.

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If you are going to sell in a couple of years, I wouldn't do paneling, unless you are talking about doing some really nice wainscoting. A lot of people just don't like the look of paneling.
OK, that confirms what I suspected. I don't like it that much either, though Frank loves the stuff. I will "just say no" if he suggests it again.

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I would go with the paint, with some nice modern colors. Don't be afraid of color. The green sounds nice so long as it isn't "hospital green."
That must be why I didn't like the green paint I uncovered (see photos). I had been thinking of something that would match the tiles. But you know, maybe something of a more almond shade would go with green nicely.

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Have fun. I have used Dif with hot water and removed paper from nearly every room of our place, including the kitchen.
How long did it take? If you say "one week" I will jump off a cliff in despair.

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Using paper towels or plastic to hold the moisture in is a very good idea. Repair dings and holes with joint compound, prime and paint and it should be beautiful when you are done.

Looking forward to the progress pictures.
This is really encouraging!!! If it even looked "OK", I would be ecstatic. If it actually looks nice when I am done, I'll be on Cloud Nine. I'll update the pictures at some point... Actually, since I am putting them on my Geocities site, I could conceivably do "before and after" pictures taken from the same angles.

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Old 09-24-2007, 10:38 AM   #42
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Hey, it took a couple of years! But only because we didn't do it all at once. Each room was different. I thought the kitchen would be the worst because the wall paper was painted. Instead, it was the easiest as once you got under a corner of the paper it just ripped off in huge sheets, held together by the paint. Weird.

The bedroom is what we did recently. It had three layers of paper. The top was grass cloth which came off easily. Below that was a layer of metal flocked paper and below that standard old wallpaper. Took a fair amount of soaking and scoring for it to release but I think we got it all off in one day. Repairing plaster cracks took another day.

The worst was our parlor. There was only one layer of wallpaper but I swear it was stuck on in places with something other than wallpaper paste. We worked off and on for a month or thereabouts to get it off. We should have rented a steamer, but didn't. We were down to scraping with razor blade scrappers.

The bathroom was the only room with drywall. I removed the paper and caused a lot of dings and tears in the drywall in the process. Repaired with joint compound and it looks just fine.


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