On Spontaneous Interior Decorating

March 31, 2010 · 9 comments

Hey, Kath… Whatcha doin’?

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Well, I was going to take a shower.*

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But then I realized, I just can’t take these fish anymore.

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It looked like it would all come off in one piece.

Not so much.

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I’m out of counter top. Can you reach if you stand in the tub?

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That’s exactly the piece I thought would just zip off cleanly, the way the edges are already pulling away from the wall… Bummer. I hate it when that happens.

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There’s got to be a product that will help get the rest of the backing off, right? Shall I get the bread scraper?

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Bye bye, fishies.

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Ahhhh……

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Hey Rick… will you hand me the screwdriver, please?


* Yes, that is a stuffed monkey hanging off our laundry closet door. What? Where do you keep yours?

 

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jean April 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Spray the backing from the wallpaper with hot water and a little fabric softener. Let it sit for a few minutes and it should come off pretty easy. For the tile try the Mr. Clean sponges. I know it sounds funny but they work on so many surfaces that you wouldn’t think of.

Good luck.

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rickandkathy April 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Got it.

Add to shopping list: Mr. Clean sponges. Fabric softener. Rubber gloves. Jean.

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Susan Bruner April 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Just spent three weeks renovating a bathroom for a client. If you think wallpaper is bad…imagine removing grout that has dried on white subway tiles for three days. The instructions said to wipe after 5-6 hours to remove the haze( it was too wet to wipe any earlier). They failed to mention that the “haze” would now be like glue and about 1/16″ thick. I have spent at least 9 hours standing on a piece of wood over the tub with a rough sponge and a ton of elbow grease. It is coming off, slowly but surely and I am almost done. The acid product recommended for the removal isn’t anymore effective. Maybe I could borrow your bread scraper if you won’t be using it for wallpaper??

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rickandkathy April 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Poor thing! Of course you can borrow the bread scraper. In fact, keep it. It’s a gift. And know this: blood will return to your fingers. Eventually.

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Susan Bruner April 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Hmmm ….fingers still white…seeing red…does that count??? LOL

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Dushka March 31, 2010 at 6:26 pm

YES. How many times have I woken up my husband in the middle of the night with the noise of dragging furniture?

Many times.

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rickandkathy March 31, 2010 at 6:46 pm

We didn’t know, but now that you mention it, how could we have NOT known?

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Debra March 31, 2010 at 11:44 am

There is a wonderful liquid product that you sponge on the wallpaper, or reminance…wait about a minute or two and wipe off! It really is that simple! I did a whole kitchen with the miracle stuff ad I think I got it at HomeDepot eons ago! Good Luck!

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rickandkathy March 31, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Excellent!!! So… I can forget about the bread scraper then…

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