1 - Remove wallpaper. Could be easy, could be hard. In our bedroom it took, soap and water and a wallpaper scraper and a lot of time and patience. In the rest of the house all it took was our hands.
2 - Remove glue and paste from walls. This is the worst part of the job. It involves washing down one small area at a time with hot soapy water, scraping the glue off with a wallpaper scraper, repeating the process again, then rinsing with clean water. Tedious and exhausting.
3 - Spackle and sand any holes or problem areas
4 - "Seal" the walls. Because the wallpaper glue and paste does not come off completely (no matter how much you scrape) you have to use a special sealer on the walls. You paint it on and it dries clear. It seals the glue in so that it can't react with the paint and cause it to chip, peel, and flake.
4 - Prime the walls with paint primer
5 - Paint walls the color of your choice. You will need 2 coats
Did I stay 25 step process? I meant 5. It just feels like 25. So, like I said, this was the 2 time I painted 2 of my walls. I started out with a beautiful color called "feather gray." The problem was it didn't really look gray in my living room. Depending on the time of day it looked either blue or lavendar. Not good. So the second time around I took Paul's advice and painted the walls "crested butte." It's a natural color, a member of the gray family, but much more brown. This color didn't turn out like I expected either though. It's much darker than I thought it would be, more brown, and even a little green sometimes. I have to admit it ties in much better than the blue/lavendar did. But it's still not quite what I was expecting. I don't hate it but I don't love it either. And after all the blood, sweat, and tears (literally) that I've put into my walls I wanted to love it. But paint isn't so cheap, at least not to us, not right now. So it is what it is. I'm hoping it will grow on me.
Who knew removing wallpaper would be such a nightmare? Definitely not me.
Who knew choosing a paint color was so difficult? Not me
Who thought owning a home was a good idea? Me
Who wishes right now they were renting? ME!!!!!!!!!!
On the brightside, today I took my first shower in 2 months. It's fixed! The downstairs shower anyways. We also learned that to get a shower working upstairs we're looking at about a $2,000 renovation. Oops, that was a downside. But the truth is we really haven't experienced many upsides of home ownership yet.
I think we bought "The Money Pit"