Remodeling old farmhouse kitchen

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Have wallpaper struck on Sheetrock. Tried everything to remove. Any idea?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 27, 2016
    What exactly did you use for the removal of the wallpaper?
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Sep 27, 2016
    Since it is a farmhouse kitchen, if you can't get it off - cover it with shiplap, like this - painted or unpainted. It is inexpensive to do and relatively easy. We are doing a bathroom right now and love the results so far!
  • Justin Justin on Sep 28, 2016
    Try to steam it off, if you have one of the home steam clean machines. If you don't have one , boil a kettle near the area you want to try . There are wall paper removal chemicals that can be purchased at a paint store that also do wonders. Sponge it on, wait a bit and peel and scrape the area.
  • Doris Kenney Regal Doris Kenney Regal on Sep 28, 2016
    Fill a spray bottle one third with Downy Fabric Softener and two thirds very hot water. Simply spray on wallpaper till it is very damp and then scrape away!
  • LibraryKAT LibraryKAT on Sep 28, 2016
    We had a similar problem in a small bathroom and actually tried all of the above. Nothing really worked and I was afraid of damaging the dry-wall if I kept wetting and using a blade on it. We ended up just primer coating the wallpaper and painting it. It worked fine, nothing bubbled up or peeled. That original wallpaper was well and truly stuck.
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 28, 2016
    If the walls were not properly sized before applying the wallpaper, you will not get it off without doing a lot of damage to the sheetrock. Then you will have hours and hours of patching & sanding. We had an entire house like this. I spent more time than you can imagine removing then repairing. when I got to the last room, we just ripped out and replaced the sheetrock. Your best choice is to put up shiplap like MarketingMomx4 suggested, bead board, or replacing the sheetrock. You can prime & paint, but it will always look like paint over wallpaper. (I've done that too and didn't like the results.) Your other option is anaglypta wallpaper which is thicker than normal and meant to be painted.It can go right over the old wallpaper
  • Debbie Debbie on Sep 28, 2016
    We had this problem and ended up putting new drywall up. Saved a ton of time and looks like new!
  • Vicki Dickens Vicki Dickens on Sep 28, 2016
    The only thing I can add to the above wisdom is that sheet rock must be primed before it's wallpapered. If the surface isn't primed, that wallpaper is not coming off.
  • Bryan Texas Jarhead Bryan Texas Jarhead on Sep 28, 2016
    If all attempts fail at removal , use Zinzer pigmented shelack primer . No colors will bleed through , and you will have a surface that you can apply texture , then paint .The texture will hide the seams in the wallpaper .
    • Vel1629730 Vel1629730 on Sep 28, 2016
      The only thing I would add is make sure you prime over the joint compound ("texture") with a primer made for the purpose. Otherwise, the joint compound will remain soft and will chip easily. You could also install beadboard paneling, barn wood or "ship lap" wood over the wallpaper. This might look great with a farmhouse theme.
  • Thu9622672 Thu9622672 on Sep 28, 2016
    I had the same problem in my 1914 farmhouse. Wallpaper on Sheetrock. I plugged in my iron and ironed away. It came off pretty easy. Don't give up.
  • Archie Archie on Sep 28, 2016
    Put 1/4" drywall over the wallpapered walls.
  • Shelly Day Shelly Day on Sep 28, 2016
    Try fabric softener mixed with a little water. Spray it on and wait awhile for it to loosen. Then try scraping. Don't let the spray dry out. If necessary spray on more to saturate.
  • Lissa Lissa on Sep 28, 2016
    We have an 1890's farmhouse just removed numerous layers with a product called Chomp from Home Depot. Spray on peel off used a putty knife to get it going. Good luck!
  • Mick Clark Mick Clark on Sep 28, 2016
    Sanding off and a little mud before primer-Best
  • Maryann Vandegrift Maryann Vandegrift on Sep 28, 2016
    Go to the grocery store and get the cheapest fabric softener you can find and mix it 50/50 with water. Spray it on and it will loosen the old wallpaper. It won't hurt you or the walls.
  • Susan Susan on Sep 28, 2016
    Not yet
  • Bil12032705 Bil12032705 on Sep 28, 2016
    you can hire a steam rig which should do the job
  • Lisa Harrill Lisa Harrill on Sep 28, 2016
    DIF is a good wallpaper remover, still takes patience though....When you get it off....do yourself a favor and use a product called GARDZ from Zinnser, it will seal up any residual glue that may be left over....We just took a ton of paper down, it was hard but we made it!
  • Paularuth Paularuth on Sep 28, 2016
    Be sure paper is stuck or reglue it. Prime walls, texture lightly and paint. Primer will keep moisture from the wallpaper.
  • Marilyn Zaruba Marilyn Zaruba on Sep 29, 2016
    If you have tried everything, pull off the loose parts and then sand lightly over the edges and use a textured paint after you prime it.
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  • D fuhrman D fuhrman on Oct 01, 2016
    i have mixed fabric softener with hot water and sprayed say a 3' x 3' area. wait about 5 minutes. then use a spackling knife to remove. it's a lot of work but it will get the job done. a wall paper scoring tool also helps. use it before you spray with the water mixture. good luck.
  • Susan Jank Susan Jank on Oct 03, 2016
    I have an old farmhouse and I've also used fabric softener and warm water in a spray bottle.....it works!
  • Geew Geew on Oct 03, 2016
    I used our heavy duty clothes steamer machine on ours after soaking the wallpaper with vinegar water
  • Lab11557548 Lab11557548 on Oct 04, 2016
    Try hand steamer.
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