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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fastest Way to Remove Wallpaper Border {DIY}

Usually when you start a project it takes longer than you expect. One thing leads to another and before you know it you've opened the proverbial can of worms. Once in a blue moon things go better than expected. This was one of those times.

Our new kitchen has many lovely features from the '80's. One of them being the wallpaper border.
Sheesh... what were they thinking??

The tools you'll need to remove your wall paper border:
A bent scraper, a spray bottle of water, a rag and Tiger Scoring Tool

... and your absolutely most important tool...
A hand held steamer
I don't care what you have to do- beg, borrow, steal... well, okay, don't STEAL it! But you get my drift.  It's worth putting out the word to everyone you know to find one to borrow for the afternoon.  A shout out to my MIL who was nice enough to lend us hers. Thank you!

So... once you get your tools out here's what you'll do-

  1. Take your tiger tool and score the border.  Go over each section four or five times.  Just be careful not to press too hard or you will make holes in your walls.
  2. Spray one section down with water so it can soak while you begin steaming.
  3. Take you steamer and shoot the steam at the border. 
  4. Begin peeling the border off.  Use the bent scraper to help it come off.  
  5. More than likely the border will come up in two sections- the thicker patterned part and a thin layer of paper glue underneath.
  6. Use a rag and water to rinse off any small pieces of paper and glue residue.
This method works so much better than the fabric softener trick.  It seriously took me half the time I thought it would.  From start to clean up- job complete in one nap time (about two hours).

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1 comment:

  1. Oh my gosh, I feel like slapping myself. I just toiled and sweated over taking down the border paper in my family room & bath. I sweated for hours. I forgot I had a steamer! Its' all i needed. Thanks for refreshing my memory. http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com/


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