I have never been a fan of wallpaper. Maybe I have just been scarred by previous experience (growing up with PLAID wallpaper in the kitchen, stripping paint-able wallpaper from plaster walls in our first home). But it's always been a no-go for me.
Fortunately, I did not let that deter me when we looked at our Ohio house.
Stripes + decorative china + sunflowers + green + burgundy
Hi, the 80's called & they'd like their teacups back.
Because I never considered this to be useful or beautiful, it had to go.
I had stripped the dining room and kitchen walls a few months ago, but that border lingered.
This week I finally armed myself with vinegar and water and a plastic scraper and I got to work.
I love how they obviously hung the border AND THEN painted the wall.
PS: the wall color is prettier in the picture than in person. In real life it's sort of a dull grey.
Border be gone!
Now I just need to muster up the courage to pick a paint color.
My daughter's reaction: "It looks so PLAIN."
After re-reading this post, I know that my unabashed joy over NO MORE BORDER just doesn't come through. I spend part of my time wondering why I didn't get off my lazy bum and do this months ago, and part of my time plotting what to do next. I'd love to replace the countertops, paint the cabinets, and add a backsplash, but I think the budget is only going to allow for paint. Whatever I end up doing first, all I can say is that I will ALWAYS take plain over teacups.
Note: I've gotten lots of comments about using vinegar to strip the wallpaper. I don't know if this works for all types, but here's what I do: First, try to peel off what you can by hand. Next, use a "tiger paw" to lightly score what's left. Mix vinegar and hot water at a 50/50 ratio in spray bottle. Spray the wallpaper, wait a few minutes, and scrape gently using a plastic scraper. Wipe down the area with a damp sponge. Done!
Full disclosure: I did this on Tuesday, and ran out of vinegar, so there is a 5' section that remains to be stripped. I would have finished it yesterday but instead I was sidelined by the stomach flu. Even with that last bit to be done, it still looks better than when I started.