Week One of the dining room update involved a tremendous amount of work. Not yet to the fun part but a very necessary part.This is a close-up shot of the fabric samples. I love color and pattern and am very excited to get started.
The photo above shows the current rug and the fabric samples. The wallpaper sample is from the adjoining foyer. The rug will be staying for now but may be changed later.
The frist step was to remove the existing wallpaper. As you can see from the photo above, most of the paper came off pretty quickly and easily. The problem with the wallpaper removal was the seams. Somewhere along the way in the last 30 years, the seams started to come loose and I used a “Seam Adhesive” for repairs. Pardon all of the silver on the table. I had to empty my china cabinet before I could move it.
As you can see in the photo above, there was damage at every seam all the way around the room.
When the glue did come off, it pulled off paint and paper from the sheetrock.
In this photo you can see that the seam adhesive is another layer on the wall.
Removing the glue was quite the task.
If you have a package of this seam adhesive I would suggest that you dispose of it as quickly as possible. If I had to do it again, I would use regular wallpaper paste to repair the seams.
I had to spackle every seam to repair the damage and then sand them before moving on. It was a lot of work but wall prep is essential for a good quality wall finish. Hopefully I will have some pretty pictures by next week!