A while back I wrote about getting a wallpaper steamer to get all the wallpaper stripped off our walls. It worked, sort of.
Scuba Man started with the wallpaper border in the family room in a corner right by the smoke detector. I don’t think I have to tell you that it became rather noisy rather fast. Yes, the steam set off the smoke detector. We decided that corner would have to be done with wallpaper remover, but he could do the rest with the steamer.
On to the kitchen. What a mess! The wallpaper did not want to come off the walls. And when it did, some of the outside of the wall board was coming off with it! There was going to be a lot of patching of walls that would need to be done by the time we finished.
After just a very small section of our very large kitchen, it was obvious this was a way bigger job than he first thought. He moved on to the foyer and hall. That went really well. He got all but 3 strips of paper completed. Then, he ran out of steam…permanently.
I don’t blame him. Taking down wallpaper is not a fun or easy job. But it needed to come down. It was old and ugly and we didn’t like it. We wanted to really start getting the house ready to sell and getting the wallpaper down was one of the first things we had to do.
So, in come the contractors. They gave us a quote that sounded reasonable, so we accepted their offer. I think they are regretting the price being as low as it is.
They said it would take 2 1/2 to 3 days to strip all the wallpaper and prep the walls for painting. They are on day four as I type and aren’t even finished with the wallpaper. They are hopeful they will finish today and get the drywall person in tomorrow to prep the walls. Yes, they are working they whole weekend to finish the job as they have another job scheduled to start Monday.
After seeing how long it is taking the professionals, I cannot imagine how long it would have taken two bumbling amateurs to do it! After all, working evenings after work and on weekends, it still took us 6 weeks to strip the wallpaper off the dining room walls and it was only papered on the top half, above the chair rail.
With wallpaper in 3 of the 5 rooms downstairs, and 2 rooms plus the hall upstairs, needless to say the house has stuff piled everywhere there isn’t wallpaper. The one sanctuary is our bedroom, which has managed to stay clutter free. I am looking forward to them finishing just so I can put my house back together!