Working On The Wall


Yesterday and the day before I worked on "the problematic wall." 

I used a mop and repeatedly soaked it in vinegar, Dawn detergent and hot water, then washed and scrubbed the leftover wallpaper goo.

This "goo" is beyond intractable. 

This experience has put a very bad taste in my mouth for wallpaper. Any kind of wallpaper. I rue the day I put it up.

I get hot and sweaty and that is aggravating the eczema I'm dealing with. It is uncomfortable and hot and aggravating. Ugh!

I have to get on the stepladder to take nails down closer to the ceiling and then I fill the holes. I work a bit at a time, then rest my ankle.

I have now made the living room a work zone. 

I covered the couch and moved it toward the middle of the room. I moved some of the bigger stuff to the bedroom. Now everything is pushed together so I have a place to work on the wall.


I put a layer of DryDex spackling on per day and let it dry. 

I know somewhere I have a bigger putty knife, but I can't for the life of me find it. So I'm having to work with a small putty knife which means more applications.

I don't know if I will have to scrub the wall some more before I can apply the Zinsser primer or the paint. I'm hoping that I don't. But I'm not holding my breath.

I get a bit excited when I wash the wall down and scrub it and it doesn't seem as sticky. Then it dries and it's sticky again. I really don't know what would take this stuff off.

Imagine trying to sand with the dust falling and sticking to the goo. Pieces of the drywall comes off and falls into the wall goo and I have to dig it out. Ugh!

The pupsters and I will be living back in the bedroom until I can get this situation under control. Will keep you updated.


23 comments

  1. So sorry you are having to deal with this mess. I told my husband about it and he said our wallpaper will stay put!

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    1. Should have gone to the website the wallpaper came from and read first.

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  2. My mind keeps thinking this is a wallpaper you received for review. Am I correct? I know you are stressing over the removal and I hope you get it fixed up this week. We moved into a house one time that had wallpaper in almost every room, that we had to remove. It was such a chore. When we were looking for our next house, if it had wallpaper, it was quickly checked off the list of potentials. LOL

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    1. Yes it is. I should have read how to do it first, as their website tells you you just don't pull it off like I did.

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  3. I think I would see what it would cost to simply put up a piece of dry-wall over it. if you were doing a whole room it might be expensive. but surely one dry-wall wouldn't be! then it would be DONE and you could paint it. your son n law might even know if/or could do it! anyway. that's what I would try. look at the money you've already spent! and the work yet to do!
    and... I feel the SAME way about wall paper as you do!
    I hate this for you. not good in any way. good luck.

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    1. I'm trying one other thing I got from Ace.

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  4. What a mess! I hope you can get this done and paint. Now I know I won't do wallpaper ever!! Be careful and stay safe!

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    1. I've actually worked with actual regular wallpaper that was easier!

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  5. Have you tried De-Solv-it? It's an organic citrus solution and I've used it to remove adhesive glue and it works like a charm. It leaves an oily residue that I clean up with water and Dawn dish soap. I wish I had known about it when I was scrubbing off wallpaper glue!

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    1. I went and bought some after I read your comment.

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  6. This sounds like such a pain. I am sorry that you are having such a trying time. The good news is that your bedroom is nice and cosy and a great respite from the "storm" that is going on in the rest of the house. Take care of yourself going up and down the ladder.

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    1. You're right. It is a comfy bedroom. When I think of Puerto Ricans after this horrid storm, I realize this is nothing.

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  7. WHAT A NIGHTMARE YOU HAVE HAD WITH THIS WALLPAPER.
    AT LEAST YOU HAVE YOUR LOVELY BEDROOM TO RETREAT TO, YOU AND THE PUPSTERS CAN RELAX IN, AWAY FROM THE CHAOS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM.
    SNUGGLES TO THE PUPSTERS

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    1. Yes, I do! And that's where I'm typing this.

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  8. I hate wallpaper! Twenty two years ago when we bought our home, almost every room was papered! I vowed never again!

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  9. Oh my, what a mess. So sorry you have to deal with this. It would totally do me in. I hope you can the right cleaning solution so you can paint and get things back to normal.

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  10. Ugh, what a mess. I've never liked wallpaper and this is just one reason why. So sorry you're having to deal with this.

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  11. As I was reading your post, Brenda, I kept thinking of a product I use regularly to take stickiness off from various things. It's called "Goo Gone". You can buy it in a spray bottle and it's just really good for taking labels off from bottles or price stickers from things. I can't think right now what all I've used it for. I'm not familiar with the product the other reader mentioned so I don't know how it compares to Goo Gone. It's worth a try with either or both, I think.

    Could you really put up new drywall as the other reader suggested? How would that work with the door and window moldings, though? It would be great if it worked and not too expensive.

    I wish you a speedy finish with this horrendous project. And whose idea was it......anyway! (Just teasing!)

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  12. When we moved into our house there was wallpaper in every room except the den which was paneled. The wallpaper was pre-pasted and in every room came off easily just with a pull, except for one of the bathrooms. That was a tough task, getting it off in that room, just like you are having. We watered down the wallpaper and then used a hairdryer to heat it and finally got it off but left some nicks in the underlying Sheetrock that the wall-paperer had to fill before she put up new paper for us. I was lucky in my choices of new paper. They were almost non-patterned and are still relevant today. I hope you can get that sticky paste off your wall soon.

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  13. I think if you will just paint right over the sticky , it will dry fine . Maybe try a corner ? Wishing you the best !

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  14. The last time I removed wallpaper, I used Dif by Zinsser. It did a great job. Don't know if it would work for your type of wallpaper. It is a messy, time consuming process, though.

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