So, one of the rooms in my house that I am currently trying to give a little face-lift is the foyer. I know we aren’t going to really get in to the project for a while, but I had to give the walls some life.
WHO KNEW TAKING DOWN SOME OLD WALLPAPER WOULD MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE?!!?
So, all I did was take the bi-fold doors off the track (the track is still there, but can be easily taken down with a screwdriver), change the chandelier, and remove the old wallpaper border.
The room even looks like it is a completely different color now, thanks to the new lighting.
- To remove the doors from the tracks: simply locate the spring mechanism (ours was on the top), push the pin down, and the door should release from the top track. Then lift it upwards, to remove it from the bottom track. Most older bi-fold doors should function the same (there was a version of them in every room of the house!). They are super easy to remove and paint if needed. I’ll show you later how to jazz some up with paint and paper.
- Changing the light fixture was a bit more challenging. Definitely something any homeowner can do, but also very hazardous. Make sure you have two people working on this project, and if possible a third to control the breaker if it is far away. I’ll go in to more depth on this in a later post! I was able to pick this chandelier up at a local antique mall for about $125. It was originally priced for $200, but most dealers price their items high, knowing that people will haggle.
- Finally, the reason for my posting… the wallpaper border!! Eww!! It was old, and dingy, and climbed horizontally all the way up my stairwell and in to the upstairs hallway! But for a quick fix in the foyer, all I needed was some safety glasses, a paint scraper, and my clothes steamer (yup, my little hand-held steamer that I use to get the wrinkles out of all my dresses).
Removing Wallpaper Borders (or any wallpaper for that matter)
- Make sure you are properly prepared with some safety glasses/goggles, a paint scraper, a steamer, and a ladder if needed.
- With your safety glasses in place (on your face of course), try to locate any spots where the wallpaper may be lifting, and grab it…and pull SLOWLY away from the wall at a 90˚ angle. Most of my wallpaper actually came off in big chunks.
- Once you’ve done that, go back with the scraper and peel any of the remaining top layer off. This should leave the backing on the wall (kind of a yellowish or off white color). The point of doing this is so the steam can get to the glue through the porous paper, because the steam will not be able to penetrate the top layer of wallpaper.
- Now, with your trusty steamer in hand (I bought mine for $20 at TJMaxx), aim at the wallpaper backing and allow the steam to penetrate for a couple seconds. The paper will start to change color, and then it should slide right off with your paint scraper.
HOPE THIS HELPS!