Sticky Wallpaper & Sleeping Dogs


Lawsy, it's hot out there. When is fall going to visit Oklahoma?

I water the plants in the morning, and just hours later everything is withered looking and limp. And then I water again. 

Guess what I took on yesterday? I tore down the wallpaper behind my couch. 

It was supposed to be removable wallpaper, but it tore paper off the wall. I will have to patch various places before painting. And that's after I get the sticky goo off the wall.  

 
Why did I do such a thing? Well, I got tired of the look. Plus there were bubbles I couldn't work out no matter what I tried. So I just decided to take it down and repaint.

With the heat and humidity outside, which just zaps you, it may take me awhile to get it all done. 
 
I'm going to look into getting one of those long handles for painting so I don't have to keep getting up on step ladders when I paint it. 

I'm debating if I want to try to match the white of the other walls, since I don't have any leftover white paint. Or maybe paint it the light tan color that surrounds my kitchen sink. Not the whole living room, just that wall.


For those of you that have a dog, I have a question for you. When your dog is sleeping, does he/she sometimes roll their eyes to the back of their head and twitch? 

I've never seen Charlie do that, but Abi does. Her body twitches and she makes little sounds and her eyes roll around. I don't know if she's having a dream or what's going on. Frankly she looks a bit possessed when this happens!

I try not to laugh because I don't want to wake her up. It's quite entertaining to watch.


32 comments

  1. Good luck with the sticky walls!!!! What a horror. Re the paint color, you're probably better off going with something clearly different since you won't be able to match the whites. Unless you want to paint everything, which would turn it into a much bigger project.

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  2. Oh wow, guess that wallpaper isn't so removeable after all.

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  3. Hi Brenda,
    I am with you on when is fall going to appear. I am a summer girl but can't wait for these hot temps to calm down. Here in Illinois it has been unseasonably hot up in the 90's for the past week. This is crazy for late September for us.
    Dogs I think do that eye rolling and twitching when they are in deep sleep and they say they are reliving their day through the dreaming. Have a good start to the new week.
    Kris

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  4. I adore wallpaper, but not the removal and yes, I have used some of the removable kind and it ripped the top layer of sheetrock right off the wall. Ugh...

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    1. How can they even claim it's removable???

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  5. If I was painting that wall, I would go with the tan that matches your kitchen wall. Your colors carry through and it will look really nice. There are so many shades of white, it is almost impossible to match. Especially since your white walls have been painted for awhile already. Good luck with the messy wallpaper. Don't over do it & take your time.

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  6. Ugh to the wallpaper! I don't currently have dogs but I have seen them twitch and all that when sleeping, I always think they are dreaming!

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  7. That's why I will never use wallpaper again. It's such work getting it off. I liked yours though.
    Crazy hot here in Ohio too. They are closing school early the next three days for those without A/C. Can you imagine those poor kids in 90 degrees.
    Stay cool. ❤️

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  8. might be worth calling a professional cleaning place about the 'stickiness' left by the wall paper. they have things that could clean it in a jiffy perhaps. we have one in our town that caters to the layman as well as professionals. just DON'T FALL OFF A LADDER!!! :) xo

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  9. I'd paint that wall the same as your kitchen walls. It will blend nicely and look as if you planned on having an accent wall all along. Good luck with the stickiness -- yuck.

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    1. I might just do that. I don't want a different shade of white and I don't have leftover paint.

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  10. Brenda! I can't imagine that you have not considered painting that wall in your favorite color of R-E-D! They say that everyone should have a WOW statement in their home and this could be yours, a whole wall in gorgeous red.

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    1. If I owned this place, I might. But if I moved I'd have to paint over red!

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  11. Brenda, so sorry about your "removeable" wall paper..I hate removing wall paper.. Such a job.. Hope the goo goes more easily..
    I think I would go with the tan color in the kitchen.. It would blend the rooms together and also... just about impossible to get the same color white..
    Can't wait to see , what you do with that wall.. Will be lovely for sure..
    It is hot/sticky here too.. The weather men are saying , a cool front is coming in this weekend.. Sure hope so.
    Be careful on that ladder.

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  12. Yes, my dogs do that, for sure. I think they're dreaming! I think an accent wall would be nice behind the sofa - looking forward to seeing your 'new' look!

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    1. I do too! They're so funny when they do that.

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  13. Yes, all three of the dogs that I've had do that twitching thing and even little barks when they are sleeping. My current dog doesn't do much of the eye rolling and I can't remember about the other two I had. I think they are dreaming, too. And sometimes I've seen my dog's legs move like he was running. It is funny to watch. I figure he's dreaming that he's chasing something when he does that!

    I'd probably go with the beige paint since you've used it in another area. I'm not so fond of that color but it would be hard to match the white on the other walls, I think. You'd end up painting all the walls!

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    1. Yes, I would. That's what usually happens so I'm trying to avoid that.

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  14. Be careful getting the rest of the paper remnants off of that wall. Don't wear yourself (or your ankle) out. We have wallpaper in two areas of our house, but when we think about how much work it is to remove it, we decide to leave it right where it is.

    I'm looking forward to the cooler days and nights that are predicted for this part of Missouri on Wednesday.

    My Fuzzy Pom does a lot of stuff in his sleep. He kicks his feet while lying on his side, soft strange growling, muffled big dog barking, little puppy yaps, but the cutest of all is when he purses his lips and makes little sucking sounds, like a nursing puppy. I think he sometimes must be dreaming he is a giant fierce Pomeranian, and other times he must be dreaming about being a little puppy getting his dinner from his Momma Pom.

    I hope you can find an easier way to get the remnants of paper off of the wall.
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    1. I don't have remnants of paper on the wall, just goo. What it did was strip some of the drywall!

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  15. I don't know if they are rolling their eyes but my dogs dream...twitch and yip, etc. When i was a kid the elders always just said that they were 'chasing rabbits' but now that I am older it does make me wonder what is going on :) As in...do dogs have a Subconscious as well as us that is a source of their dreams?

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    1. Now that you mention it I remember the elders saying that too!

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  16. We added a two story addition to our home many years ago. I had brand new fresh walls for a short time before I decided to jump on the wallpaper train . I covered those perfect walls and the ceiling. Tired of the look and believed the hype about removable paper. It took weeks to steam it off little scrap by scrap.We had to drench the paper with water and steam, and peel, peel and peel!I swore off wallpaper although I still have rooms that have it. It was a good way to cover old, imperfect walls, but I was crazy to cover new walls!

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    1. I don't know that I'll ever deal with wallpaper of any variety again after this.

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