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ugly wallpaper

ugly wallpaper, originally uploaded by Tashabear.

This is the ugly wallpaper in my back pantry. It Needs To Go.

i feel: nauseated nauseated

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esmerel From: esmerel Date: July 24th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC) (base camp)
Wow, that's pretty bad. I should take a picture of the wallpaper in my kitchen. It's fairly awful:)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) (base camp)
If it was in the whole kitchen I'd have painted over it long ago. Thank goodness it's just the back pantry, and not really visible from... well, anywhere but directly in front of the door to that space.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: July 24th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC) (base camp)
That's some pretty impressive paper.

Based on what was done to my hall bathroom before we moved in, paint over wallpaper has the potential to look icky fairly quickly, and it makes it very hard to remove later. Depending on the wallpaper, it might not be very hard to remove. We took 4 different kinds of wall coverings out of our house, with wildly varying levels of difficulty. I don't recommend the tool that scores the wallpaper all over so that the remover can soak in more easily, because it meant the paper came off in lots of little bits that needed individual attention rather than one big sheet. The Dif remover gel, however, was awesome.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC) (base camp)
Good to know -- thanks!
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: July 24th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'd check for a loose corner and see what's under there. If it's 2-layer (common if the top layer is foil, vinyl, fabric), you can usually just pull off the top later, then the under-layer is sort of like tissue that you can soak and if lucky pull, otherwise scrape away. If it's a single layer of paper-like stuff, then it's soak followed by pull or scrape.

The most annoying thing we had was plastic stuff that was stuck on with a layer of glue that was 1 mm+ thick, I kid you not. The plastic came off so easily, but getting rid of all that glue was a nightmare.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:43 am (UTC) (base camp)
Oh no, this is definitely paper. 40-year-old paper.
cvirtue From: cvirtue Date: July 24th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
I second the "don't paint it" advice. In many cases, painting over wallpaper epoxies the wallpaper to the wall, and then when the wallpaper buckles, splits, etc, you might have to chip it off the wall with force. That's what I had to do on some of our walls here, painted over and wallpapered from one to several times.
ariadne1 From: ariadne1 Date: July 24th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I had various wallpapers from hell all over this old house - the Dif stuff is stinky - the lady at the hardware store recommended Mr. Clean, and it worked extremely well - faster than Dif, and didn't smell as bad.

The wallpaper is futt bugly, Tasha - I'm having flashbacks to the '70s.

And fwiw, I love this military narrative of household reclamation. :)

Edited at 2008-07-24 05:41 pm (UTC)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Write what you know, right? ;-)

(It's also inspired by the Judean People's Front... or was that the People's Front of Judea?)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yeah, but when your follow-on plan is "take out the whole wall, down to the stud" you don't so much care.
helwen From: helwen Date: July 24th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC) (base camp)
We used the paper tiger in one room, but that was because the previous owners had papered, then painted, then papered again. Without the holes we never would have gotten any of it off. But I agree if it's just paper, no need for the paper tiger.

We found the Dif worked pretty well, and even better if we applied it and soaked the paper pretty well, left it for a bit, then put on a second application of hot water and scraped. Somehow the double-soaking made for less effort in scraping.

Every wall's different of course. Currently we have a room where the paper's so old and dry that we can work away at a loose corner and peel whole sections away without applying water, just peel and scrape.
baronessv From: baronessv Date: July 24th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) (base camp)
See, if that were fabric, I'd be all "That is awesome, can I have it?"

But wallpaper? Erm, no.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: July 24th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Wow! That is remarkably ugly. :)
dyanearden From: dyanearden Date: July 24th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Woah! That beats the wall paper in my bathroom!
albreda From: albreda Date: July 24th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Wow - that's as bad as the duck border my old bedroom had. It had 6" high paired ducks, looking at each other, all around my room. I drew an executioners hood on one, and gave him an axe, then a blindfold and cig to the next; just on one pair, but it made it more tolerable until I could strip it off.

Good luck!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 25th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC) (base camp)
If I had something like that, I'd have Wolfie draw stuff on all of the ducks to make them funny. He drew faces on a dozen of my mom's eggs once...
albreda From: albreda Date: July 25th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Those are awesome, but I'd get a guilt complex if I ate the scare little guy!
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: July 24th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I... kinda like it. I don't think I'd want it on my walls, but I... uh... yeah.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I think it's the burnt orange and avocado colorway that makes it horrid. Plus, it's so dark that it makes the already small space look really tiny.
helwen From: helwen Date: July 24th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC) (base camp)
How.. quaint! Actually, it does remind me a little of some of the wallpaper downstairs, but down there it kind of suits the room, and of course the folks who live down there. Except their stuff is a different color combo, no olive...

And brighter than the stuff we had in Holyoke. Two of the rooms the paper had a solid medium blue background, with patterns of lighter and darker blues, black and silver on one and the other was shades of blue that looked like a photograph of an afghan -- no, really. The third dark room had a medium green background with gigantic acanthus leaves in green w/gold and black outlining/highlights. No white at all.

Your pattern, aside from its intrinsic issues, also looks like it's too busy for a kitchen, esp. if you don't have a huge kitchen -- and even then only as an accent :P
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Luckily that's just the back pantry -- this little addition off the kitchen that just has that slop sink and some cabinets. It does make the small space look smaller, and it's so dark and discolored from age that it makes it look wicked shabby.
soteltie From: soteltie Date: July 24th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It looks a lot like what was popular and trendy when I was growing up in the 1960s. We may have even had this same pattern. I think this color combination was especially popular because it went with both avacado and orange refrigerators and stoves. :-)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:15 pm (UTC) (base camp)
It's very much like what my mom put up in our kitchen when we first moved into that house, in 1972 or '73. It's just busier. And time has made it darker, which is worse.
sar_kaz_m From: sar_kaz_m Date: July 24th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Hm. As Fabric for maybe a bedspread, I'd totally want it. But on the wall is a bit much i think...
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 24th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Exactly. It's a lot easier to get rid of an outdated bedspread. ;-)
mushmouse74 From: mushmouse74 Date: July 27th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
When I first saw it I thought it was brocade fabric for an elizabethan and I thought ooooh.
Then I saw that it was wall paper for a small room and I thought...umm no
Then I pictured it WITH my afghan zig zag carpet and thought OH YES that is HORRIBLE!! :)
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