Removing wallpaper that has been stuck to the wall for years is not my idea of a pleasant weekend. The work and mess I endured while attempting this nightmare are not worth the pain and agony I endured for the longest two days of my life. I thought my plan would save money, but I actually spent more by trying to do this job myself. Enrique’s Painting would has given me an economical plan that would have freed me from my self-made disaster.
After removing the wall outlets and switch plates I had to protect the baseboards by taping plastic across the top and putting drop cloths on the floor to prevent water damage. This first step took over an hour. The ladder had to come out and I had to buy tools I didn’t already own, such as a scraper with rounded corners. To use one with sharp corners leaves gouges in the drywall, which I found out the hard way.
My Wall Nightmare
After spraying the wall with the solution I had purchased I discovered I should have sprayed the wall in small sections and pulled the wallpaper off a little at a time. I also failed to anticipate what to do with the old wallpaper after it was off the wall. I had large piles of wet paper lying around that needed to be discarded. I had to stop my work to put it in bins which required leaving the wall unattended for a while. Upon returning back to the wall, I discovered the wall had dried out and had to be resprayed.
I didn’t realize the texture of the paper on the wall determined how it needed to come down. I pulled in every direction until finding the best way to get larger hunks off. By now my arms were aching and my neck was cricked from reaching up to the top edges of the paper. The chemical solution I used required rubber gloves and the smell was irritating my sinuses. After getting to what I thought was the end of the paper, I discovered another layer had been laid on the wall years before the one I removed. I wasn’t finished. I had to start over again on another layer. Removing wallpaper became my weekend nightmare.
Calling the Professionals at Enriqueas Painting Saved Me
It would have been best if I had incurred the help of friends because removing wallpaper alone is not safe or smart. However, I don’t think I would want to make enemies of my friends by recruiting them to help with this task. When talking to one on the phone, I was asked, “Why don’t you call Enriqueas Painting? They know what they are doing.” I heard the jingling of car keys as she told me she was going out to eat and then to a movie. My stomach growled and the latest movie I wanted to see was calling to me as I envied my friend’s fun evening. Looking at the mess I had started, I knew I was in for more than I bargained for as I hung up the phone.
I decided to take my friend’s advice and call professionals to finish the job I started. If I had called Enrique’s in the first place, I could have gone out for a fun weekend, saved myself some exhaustion, and my living room would not have become a disaster area. I will never attempt to remove wallpaper again. Enriqueas Painting will be my choice for their quality, professionalism, and courtesy. My walls are now fresh, clean, and beautiful and will remain so for years to come thanks to Enrique’s Painting.