Sunday, May 18, 2008

Interior decorating...(re:) wallpaper

"Wallpaper is material which is used to cover and decorate the interior walls of homes, offices, and other buildings; it is one aspect of interior decoration."

It is also one aspect of interior decorating that should never be used. EVER.

"Interior decorating styles change over time, and eventually a person may wish to remove that once lovely wallpaper."

People should think about the people who might live in their place after they move out before applying wallpaper. You should never put up wallpaper, ever.

"Most of the methods of wallpaper removal can be aided by mechanically perforating or scoring old wallpaper with a tool called a Paper Tiger, which looks like a puck with a wheel of sharp teeth. Rolling this tool on the wall in a clockwise or counterclockwise motion effectively creates tiny holes in the surface of wallpaper, but leaves the drywall undamaged."

The paper tiger is used for removal of non-peelable vinyl papers. Peelable vinyls are 2 layer papers, the top layer peeling off to leave a paper backing, which, being porous, is removed by just wetting it."

We did have peelable 2-layer vinyl paper, however it peels off in tiny shreds. So we got the Paper Tiger. It works well. It does damage drywall. We have a lot of sanding and patching to do.


Yesterday I took down the last remaining wallpaper that was in the dining area. It took about 4 hours to remove the paper that probably took about 10 minutes to put up.

I don't care if your designer thinks it will look "hip and amazing" or even add "charm". Listen to me as I tell you that it is all lies. Just say no to wallpaper.

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