We have a lot of wall. Here’s the maths:
The ceiling is generally 3m away in most rooms
The total internal sq meterage of the property is 191
A lot of wall. Fact.
Every single one of our walls was papered. Some had lining paper too, many had several coats of paint on top of the wallpaper.
Yep, in the last couple of months we’ve done more stripping than a cheap hooker in an Amsterdam window.
In some rooms it came off in great long, satisfying strips – like a ready-to-pick knee scab.
The back bedroom was one of the best rooms for this and we also uncovered this curious declaration:
In other rooms it unveiled impressive cracks:
In some areas it pulled huge wads of crumbling plaster with it:
But most of all it just stubbornly clung to the walls, impervious to steam. However, we got there in the end and learnt a few things along the way.
- Anyone who attempts to get wallpaper off without a steamer is, quite frankly, an idiot.
- Wallpaper is surprisingly heavy when bagged up.
- You will need a lot of bags and a lot of trips to the tip.
- The steam is excellent for asthma and also a great mini facial.
- Steam burns.
- You will be covered in what we eloquently described as Wallpaper Jizz.
We also had lots of reproduction (cheap) plaster mouldings to contend with and they’ve left a bit of a mess where they’ve been chipped off.
And so this is what we’ve been left with and have been living with for weeks.
Kind of a mess? Huh? Our plan had been to get cracking with the plastering on all the walls (and the hideous ceilings) as soon as we could however the electrics threw a major spanner in the works – no point plastering when we needed rewiring and investigation.
However, that’s all now sorted and we can finally begin the plaster work. We have been warned about the total disruption, the mess and the dust but, to be honest, we’re not sure the house can get much worse at the moment. And besides, there’s always whisky.
Come on! Let’s get plastered!!