Monday, 26 June 2017

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I've been stripping wallpaper off today in the dining room. It wasn't that hard to do, there's only one wall and it came off really easy. We don't have a steam stripper so I just did it the way Dad used to. Hot soapy water, a paintbrush, splash it on, leave it for 5 mins then scrape it off. 

The only problem is behind the radiator. When the decorator papered for us last time he dropped a full length behind there and I'm struggling to get to it. It's a long radiator and there are 3 widths of wallpaper I need to remove. It should come off easily enough, but I need something long to get down the back.

I was muttering about this to Mark and he went to the shed and appeared with a 1960's fish slice that belonged to his Mum and Dad. I have no idea why it's ended up down here or why Mark would know straightaway where it was - it's hardly heirloom material. In true Tom & Joan style it's been used until it's tissue paper thin.  Unfortunately, it was neither use nor ornament for the job in hand but Mark had done his bit and went back to the laptop pretty quickly.

I'm afraid my new paper is very similar to what I've removed. Yes, I've veered towards red again - I just can't help myself. I bought 3 rolls of lovely wallpaper that was white with a shiny flower embossed on it, but when I taped my tester piece up I hated it. It was too insipid, I need to be hit with a dose of colour. So I took it back,  swapped it and feel much happier with my second choice. 

I think we might be nipping to B&Q in a while for some paint for Thomas' room so I'm going to have a look and see if I can find something that will scrape behind the radiator, unless somebody reads this in the next half hour and can give me a brilliant tip on what to use :)
          


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18 comments:

  1. I hate wall paper stripping and then choosing new. So hard because there is too much choice!! LOL

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    1. I'm very indecisive under normal circumstances Chris, but after my first choice and an attempt at 'having a change', choosing the paper was easy because I knew I was going for red. It came off really easy thank goodness. Mind you after working through several layers up at Tom's house, anything would seem a doddle! xx

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  2. I think we are all drawn to things we've liked in the past. My husband has bought me the same birthday card 3 years in a row because he liked the colours on the front and the words inside. I saved them to show him because he wouldn't believe me.

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    1. Yes, I know what I like and I like what I know:) The chairs and lightshades are red so apart from something really neutral I was always going to go back to that colour.

      I am laughing about your husband and the birthday cards. I bet without the evidence he definitely wouldn't have believed you. xx

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  3. I have to admit that I don't like wallpaper too much. I find it easier just to paint, especially in this house where nothing seems to be straight. We do have paper in part of the bathroom. I tend to stick to the same thing - can't seem to move past blue lol

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    1. I couldn't paper a whole room Sharon, it would be too much for me and too much to strip when I wanted a change. I just have one wall papered which might be old fashioned now but it works for me. Know what you mean about sticking with the same things. I'm at the age where decor is in fashion that's been here before so it seems old fashioned to me which makes it even harder! xx

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  4. Whew-you're a glutton for punishment, Suzanne. We will need to paint our bathroom when we come back from Yorkshire and the decluttering has ground to a halt so that's another job on the list! Shortening/adapting 5 pairs of trousers for Leanne-a job I really hate. Are you putting up the paper yourself? Look forward to seeing how the decorating progresses. Catriona

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    1. We've got a decorator booked in for next week so I'm working to a time limit which is probably the way I work best. It came off really easily, probably only took an hour and then a bit of tidying up. We should have done it last year but I didn't want the mess, I have to be in the mood.

      There's always something to do isn't there. I hate shortening trousers as well, it seems such a faff. xx

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  5. Hi Suzanne, 39C today, it takes your breath away when you go outside! Thank goodness we have air conditioning! Can't you just leave the wallpaper behind the radiator, nobody can see it, and just put the new stuff behind as far as you can reach. Not what you really want to do but might be the easiest.

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    1. Phew, I have no idea how you cope Janice. I was struggling with my chest last week in the heat, couldn't seem to get a proper deep breath at some points. Air con is lovely when it's hot but definitely no need for it over here!

      The way you've suggested papering is the best way I think. Dad used to drop the paper just behind the radiator then put a small strip underneath and up which was fine. Nobody ever looks down the back of a rad do they so like you say it doesn't really need to go all the way down and it makes it harder to get off. I'm going to ask him to do it that way this time. xx

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  6. I would love to get our living room decorated. It's looking very shabby but I don't want to start it until we've had a wood burner put in. They'll be ripping out part of the chimney breast to do it and I don't want to have to decorate again after.. so I'll just live with it for now-x-

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    1. Yes, sometimes there is a bigger picture and you just have to put up with things for the time being, but just think how happy you'll be when you have your lovely new wood burner and you've decorated.

      The worst sort of decorating is when unexpected costs occur. Our first house was an old terraced and when we stripped the chimney breast half the plaster fell off with the paper. So a £50 job turned into £100's to have it replasterd and at a time when we couldn't really afford it - mainly because we preferred to spend our money on going out back then ;) xx

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  7. Sorry, no advice to offer in the decorating department. My experience is very recent, very limited and very messy. I'm still traumatised!

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  9. Good luck with the papering! My mother used to sing a little ditty from her childhood about wallpapering called "When Father papered the parlour" ("Mother got stuck to the ceiling, the children got stuck to the floor,
    I never knew a blooming family so stuck up before") :D I thought it was hilarious. I grew up with painted walls, so wallpaper was something very exotic to me.

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    1. Funny what we remember from our childhood isn't it :) When I was little our walls were always papered in blown vinyl and then painted one colour. So although we had wallpaper there was never anything patterned on the walls. xx

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  10. Other than taking the rad off the wall to get behind it, I have no useful suggestions.

    I love stripping wallpaper. I just find it such a therapeutic thing to do.
    xx

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    1. Really? You're invited for a sleepover next time I need to strip some off :) I don't mind doing it but I can't say I really enjoy it.

      Yes, taking the rad off is the answer but we're not going to do that because you can guarantee it won't go back on or something will break and we'll end up having to have a new one. I'm hoping the decorator has a big long scraper thingy and I'll be asking him not to drop it all the way down this time. xx

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