STAGING – Updating Wall Paper and Paint

Wallpaper is making a big come back, but often our homes are left with wallpaper that is too personalized to be a benefit when selling.  Removing wallpaper and adding a fresh coat of paint will be a real advantage to getting your house sold faster.

Do you dread to even start stripping off the wallpaper in a room in your house?  Not to fear, most new wallpaper is strippable, meaning it will easily peel off leaving only the glue behind.  Test a small area before you start to see how difficult the job will be.

Here’s how to remove wallpaper that is strippable:

Step 1: If necessary, use hot water on a sponge to soften the paste under the wallpaper.

Step 2: Use a 6″ paint spatula to scrape the paper off, removing as much as possible.

Step 3: Rinse off the walls using 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon (3.8 L or 16 cups) of water.

If your test proves that the paper is the old-fashioned non-strippable kind, follow these steps:

Step 1: Combine 3 gallons (11.4 L or 48 cups) of very hot water, 1 bottle of wallpaper remover (enzyme based), 1/4 cup of liquid fabric softener, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

Step 2: Using a paint roller, roll the solution over the wallpaper starting at the bottom and working up.  Do this one area at a time.  Once all walls have been completed, repeat process again twice.  If the wallpaper is vinyl or water-resistant, you will need to poke holes in it, using a wallpaper scorer, to allow the mixture to reach the glue. Wait 15 minutes.

Step 3: Using a 6″ paint spatula, scrape the paper off the walls starting where you began the application of the solution.  Work from the bottom on each strip of wallpaper.

Step 4: Roll the walls with the solution and use a sponge and very hot water to remove any remaining glue or paper.

Step 5: Rinse off the walls using 1 cup of white vinegar mixed with 1 gallon (3.8 L or 16 cups) of water.

These steps will help rid you of the wallpaper, allow for a quick sale and have you working on the decor of your new home faster.



About Organize Anything

Colette is a Gold Leaf member of the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Through the Canadian Redesign Association (CRDA) she has received the designation of Certified Interior Redesigner. She is also a member of the U.S. professional organizing associations National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) where she has the Golden Circle distinction and is a member of Intsitute of Challenging Disorganization (ICD) where she is the first in Canada to receive her Certified Professional Organizer –CD (Chronic Disorganization) ®, ADD and CD specialist Certificates. Among her many distinctions she has also earned Level I certificates of study in Chronic disorganization (CD), Basic Mental Health Conditions, Learning Styles and Modalities, Basic ADD Issues, Physical Conditions, Client Administration and Understanding the Needs of Elderly.

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