Adventures in Removing Wallpaper

With my husband out of town for work, I thought it would be a good time to remove the wallpaper in his bathroom.  I’ve removed wallpaper before, so I didn’t think it would be a big deal.   I mixed fabric softener and hot water in a spray bottle, sprayed it on the wallpaper, and let it soak for a few minutes.  Then, the wallpaper (and glue) pulled right off.

I was thinking this was going to be an easy job until I noticed that the wall underneath looked a little odd.  It was yellow but looked and felt like unpainted drywall.   The wall was bumpy in places and patched up with spackle in others.   I was worried I’d be unable to paint as originally planned.  Was I spending all this time removing wallpaper only to replace it with more wallpaper?

It took one evening to remove the wallpaper and three evenings to spackle and sand all the imperfections on the wall.  When I thought the wall looked smooth enough, I painted the walls with the same color that’s in my kitchen.  I was surprised by how good it looked despite how rough the walls were initially.  I replaced the wood towel racks with brushed nickle, replaced the curtain in the window, and hung a picture.

Here is a before and after shot:

Bathroom_Before_AfterEventually we are going to replace the cabinet and vanity, but this is a step in the right direction.

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