Here's what the half bath looked like Sunday morning.
First, I removed everything from the walls.
And plugged in the steamer. It took about 20 minutes to start steaming.
In the meantime, I scored the wallpaper with my knife.
Once the steamer was ready, I held the steamer to the wall. And waited and waited. Ideally, the steamer loosens the wallpaper glue.
And then you would scrape it off.
However, I ran into a large snag. The wallpaper was affixed directly to the drywall with absolutely nothing in between. No primer, no layer of anything. Nothing. And the glue was strong stuff. Which meant that the paper layers of the drywall would come right off with the wallpaper. It was a disaster. I wasn't sure what to do.
So, I spent some time talking to my parents today. And we all came to the conclusion that the walls must come down. I ended up calling a general contractor who came out to look at our
But my day was not completely unproductive. I had a plumber come in to put in a new main water valve (finally). This had been a problem on the home inspection. It was one of those old gate valves (with the pin) and the inspector had been too nervous about it to switch it off. It was also tucked behind the washer so it was unreachable. I don't have a before picture, but I had the plumber move the valve up to the height of the washer and install a lever valve. Neither of us were comfortable doing this type of work ourselves, so it was nice to get that checked off the list.
Also, my new vacuum came in! It is a Miele Salsa. I really liked using it for the first time. It did a great job, and the house already feels cleaner.
I also went to the nearby garden center and picked up a few things for the Spring. I plan on planting tomorrow, but I also picked up some silk flowers for a vase I had lying around (empty). The house definitely feels more Springlike.
And I saw 2 of these little birds for $1.60 a piece, and thought they would look nice on the dining room table.
I'm also working on some Spring cleaning and organizing. I'm hoping to feel like the house is put together by the time I go back to work. We'll see... :)