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5 Easy wallpaper removal tips from a newbie

July 20, 2018

I am sure most of us have a “I saw this on Pinterest and I tried it” story. And 7/10 times it doesn’t come out the way we expected. Right? Or am I the only one who has tried to follow a chocolate cake recipe and it doesn’t rise? Attempt a cream cheese icing recipe and it doesn’t set?

Don’t worry I figured out the problem eventually of both of those problems. Ingredients differ in most countries. 

When I tackle any DIY project,  or need some kind of inspiration, Pinterest is my number one source. And it was no different when I decided to take on my wallpaper removal task.

We have been living in our rental home for 1 year now. When we moved in the first thing we did was paint the walls downstairs, just to give it a fresh look again, but in attempting that we had painted the dining room wall twice with 2 different colours. There should be a warning on each tin of paint saying: “Attention: Colours may appear different on the wall than on the lid!” Because seriously… I bought a tin of blue paint, but when I painted the entire wall it looked more like a baby boy nursery, than a farmhouse duck egg blue! I could not look at that for the next week not even to mention 2 years. So I bought a cooler green and I was ok with it… for a year… until I painted our French Vintage Dining room set… (more on that in another post.)

When I saw how easy some of these amazing women on Instagram made wallpaper removal look, I thought “Wow, this is something I can definitely do.” So I did.

Here are my  “Tried and tested tips for wallpaper removal”

Supplies Needed:

  • Wallpaper Removal Mixture (Recipe Below)
  • Scoring Tool ( I used a sharp knife)
  • Scraper
  • Plastic drop cloth (or black bags)
  • Bucket with hot soapy water (to clean the walls afterwards)
  • Sponge
  • Black bag (to throw away the old wallpaper)
  • Broom (to sweep up the pieces of old wallpaper)


Wallpaper Removal Recipe:

  • 1/4 cup hot water 
  • 1/4 cup vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup fabric softener 

Mix it all together in a spray bottle.


Step 1:

Lay your plastic drop cloth or black bags down against the wall. It could get messy, and its much easier to pick up the bags or drop cloth and dispose than pick up the mess, piece by piece, from the floor.

Step 2

Use your scoring tool, in my case a knife and make holes/slices in the old wallpaper. By doing this it will leave holes in the paper and the “wallpaper Removal Mixture” will seep into the paper and loosen the old glue.

Step 3:

After you have done the entire wall with slices and or holes, spray the “wallpaper removal mixture” onto the wall. I found it easier to do it section by section, strip by strip. But you can spray the entire wall until its saturated and wait 15-20 minutes for it to soak in.

Step 4:

Start with a small piece, and try to wedge the scraper in between the wall and wallpaper. Try to loosen a big enough piece so that you can grab with both hands and start pulling gently. If it tears, like most of mine did (because there were 4 layers of paint on top) just repeat step 2 and step 3, until finished.

Step 5:

Once your wall is clean from any old wallpaper, wash the entire wall with the hot soapy water and a sponge. Once the walls are completely dry, they are ready for the new wallpaper.


Happy wallpaper removal!


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