Tom's house has anaglypta wallpaper in the dining room and lounge that's been on for decades (4 to be precise), and which has been emulsioned loads of times over the years.
For the past couple of days we've been deliberating whether to strip it off or not. Not because we're adverse to a bit of hard work but because we've both read horror stories about it taking ages to get off, half the plaster coming with it etc. etc.
To be honest, it's not an offensive pattern, it's just that each square is about 12x12 and the lounge is quite big which means there's a lot of them. If it wasn't such a defined pattern I think we'd have left it on, but we finally decided today that for a more modern look it had to come off whatever the consequences.
It was a bit of a nervy moment, after all, once you've started stripping wallpaper you can't just stop, but I think Tom must have been smiling down on us because I couldn't believe how easy it came off. And touch wood, not one bit of plaster has come with it.
So, here's my first 'before' picture of Number 14. This is the dining room which features another pattern. The 'after photo' probably won't be on here for weeks but it's a good feeling that we've made a start and so far it seems to be going OK.
Just hope anaglypta doesn't come back into fashion in the next few months.