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Thursday, December 30, 2010


Hi y'all. I am writing a quick post here at the yellow house where we are on vacation. We are attempting to remove wallpaper from the master bedroom wall. Wallpaper is of the devil. The person who built this house applied the paper directly on the wallboard. So when we pull the wallpaper off it tears off the wall board.

Did I mention in my frustration with this I ate an entire bag of Peanut M&M's for lunch yesterday? I am awesome I know it.

We worked all day yesterday with that chemical gel stuff and got maybe three wallpaper panels off the wall. At that rate the room might be painted by summer!

Did I mention every bone in my body aches. I told Joe he must have thrown me down the stairs. He said funny he felt the same. We are wallpaper wimps.

I cussed the contractor of this house up one side and down the other. I learned how to do that from working as a nurse in the state prison system. God forgive me.

Did I mention we have house guests arriving for the weekend at four o'clock? I must start cooking very very soon.

The guests are bringing wallpaper steaming stuff! Yay!

Here is a photo of the house in our skimpy snow and then the horrid pink wallpaper and the ugliest curtains I ever saw.

I painted the great room, kitchen, and den last year when we bought this house. We left the two bedrooms that are in cahoots with the devil (wallpapered) to be painted later.
If I am absent from the blogs I am in the pink room pulling paper off the wall y'all!
Happy New Year
Joy to the Bloggers

grace surrounds us


  1. You are a better woman that I Olive...I think I would have just painted over the paper!

  2. I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!! I think we've all had the OLD WALLPAPER BLUES at one time or other in our lives...I was born in an old Victorian that my Dad was born in too, "AND OHHHH the wallpaper!" Many generations of it, AND we KNEW the culprits because we were the ONLY family to ever live in the house since it was BUILT! Layer and Layer and Layers of that stuff. My POOR POOR brother grew up in a bedroom of "Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle", till he got married and moved OUT! hahaha, TRY that for busting a young guys ego... Oh and then there was the 60s&70s when we could all escape it BY "PANELING" everywhere!!! Ugh, Oh Yes I FEEL your pain!!! Steaming works good... We used to soak it all down with vinegar and water too... I sure wish I had a simple solution for you, but all I can say is "Elbow Grease", and "MAYBE so SWEETHEART FRIENDS"!!! PLEASE take LOTS of breaks!!!
    Hugs to you Sweetie,

  3. Olive,
    I've don't remember seeing a picture of the front of the yellow house before. It is lovely! No wonder you enjoy it so!
    I'm with you with the wallpaper. I'm sure you are using the wallpaper scorers that you roll over the wall to let the stripper soak in. I usually remove it with the scorer and hot soapy water applied with a sponge.
    Just think of how beautiful it will be when you are done! And you will get it done!
    Have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy your company!

  4. Oh Olive, you are too cute!... Wishing you a happy new year, in spite of all the wallpaper problems... I know your house will end up looking fabulous!... xoxo Julie Marie

  5. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! I've done that's awful!!!!! Good luck to you & bless your hearts! It will all be worth it!

  6. Olive, Your house looks lovely. As for the wallpaper, well, I abhor it, not yours, just wallpaper in general. Anyone who has had to remove it feels this way. If you need some new curse words, just email me - I make my own up when I am doing a frustrating project. Happy New Year, Ann

  7. Honey, I so feel your pain, yucky yuck. I'm sending big hugs your way.

  8. Looks like a case of scrapers all round, Olive. Happy New Year :0)

  9. I know when I removed the wallpaper in my living room it came off in pieces about the size of a quarter. It was maddening. That is why I painted over wallpaper in my breakfast nook...that started coming loose from the wall over the summer. I'll be pulling wallpaper soon too.

    Your house is very pretty on the outside. Love the dusting of snow.

  10. what a great house! yes, wallpaper is the worst to remove- good luck.

    Have a wonderful New Year!


  11. Oh Olive you poor Love....Evil EVIL wallpaper....Nevermind....Before yoou know it it'll be gone & will just seem like an annoying memory with photos....hahahahaha....

    The pic of your 'skimpy snow' & GORGEOUS home made me SMILE OUT LOUD....Maybe we could do a house swap one Christmas....hahahaha....We don't get snow down here....Skimpy or otherwise.... :o) !!!!!

    THANK YOU for your LOVELY notes these past months....I've ENJOYED spending time with you & AGREE wholeheartedly....MUCH cheaper than therapy....hahahahahaha....!

    Have a WONDERFUL New Years when it rolls around your way & a SPECTACULAR 2011....!!

    Warm wishes form Oz,
    Tamarah :o)

  12. I am not sure if it would work given the paper is stuck right on drywall, but I have use liquid fabric softener before diluted 1/2 and 1/2 and sprayed on and it worked great.

  13. First of all, I love the photos at the top of your Blog! That yellow house looks delightful, and I can see why you love it so much. I feel for you struggling to get that wallpaper off. I think we've all been there! LOL!. I had given you an Award, but just noticed that you want to be Award & Tag free, so I have changed it!

  14. Olive, after I had to pull paper off in our powder room, which is very tiny and it took me a week, I swore wallpaper would never be in this house again. I used the gel and then I just started sopping water on the walls. It was the biggest mess. I tracked little tiny pieces of wallpaper through the house. It tore the top layer off our walls, too and I have places that are bad still on the walls. My first paint treatment was a sponged faux finish so the bad spots wouldn't show, but I got tired of that finish last year and painted it solid in there. It is o.k. if you don't look too hard at the walls. Good Luck, girl!!

  15. I don't think I could take it. Are your guests going to pitch in?!

    Seriously, good luck and I hope you have a good time with friends and family.


  16. Oh my, what a lot of work. The house is adorable from the outside, and I know you will make it wonderful. Have another bag of M&M's. Sounds good to me. I hope you hae a Very Blessed New Year. Hugs, Marty

  17. OH Olive, dear one, it's going to be OKAY!!!! love you sweetie!


  18. Oh this gave me a good chuckle! I wish you luck with the wallpaper! That stuff is indeed of the devil, for sure. Maybe get some Holy Water and try that too? :) Good luck!

  19. Love your photography girl...your good! Feel for ya with the wallpaper, I'm sure we've all been there at one time or another and swear we will never do it again...but it's coming back in they say...yikes!

  20. I think it's cute that your house guests are bringing a steamer. I don't know what's worse - putting up wallpaper or stripping it off. Maybe wallpaper should just be outlawed all together. Have a great New Year's if you ever get out of the bedroom.

  21. Olive, what an wonderful photograph of your home, it's beautiful! Yikes, pulling paper off is the pits, good luck!

    I've loved dropping in to visit your awesome blog Olive! Happy New Year to you sweet friend!


  22. Happy New Year Dear girlfriend~ Cheers to a Very Happy 2011 Hugs, Diane

  23. Happy New Year Olive... Can't wait to SEE what develops with your room!!!
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  24. I'll be thinking of you Olive, and sending you lots of good thoughts to
    carry on...that's it one more've got it pull that paper off, give it a yank..there you go...good for you!

  25. I remember using a steamer in our last place and it made the plasterboarding just crumple before my eyes. It was hideous and I don't think a whole bag of m and ms would've quenched my wallpaper raged - but I gladly would have tried!!!

    I bet it'll look AMAZING at the end. Keep your eyes on the prize, my lovely!



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