How to Remove Wallpaper

Wallpaper can easily date any room. You can update any room with a fresh new coat of paint, but first you have to remove the wallpaper. While removing wallpaper can be relatively easy, it is time consuming and it can cost up to $1,000 for professional removal. If you don’t want to spend that match and have the time, you can easily do it yourself, but it may cost you a lot of time.

The material the wall is made of will determine the way you remove the wallpaper. Home are built with walls that are either plaster or drywall. Drywall is more susceptible to damage water damage from steaming that than plaster. So, for the integrity of the wall, it might be best to scrape it off.

Steaming wallpaper used to be a popular technique. Use this method if there than one layer of wallpaper or if the wallpaper was painted over, so it needs to be loosened. The steam will penetrate the wallpaper and soften the glue and paint that is stuck to the wallpaper so that you can scrape off the wallpaper with a scraping tool.  The longer the exposure to the steam, the easier it will be to scrape off.
*Steam may damage the drywall because of the extended exposure, so be wary if you use this method

There are many commercial solvents to strip wallpaper from the wall available. All you need to do is create little openings so that the solvent can make contact with the adhesive. Spray the solvent onto the wall and let it sit for a few minutes. After letting it sit, you can peel away the wallpaper or use a putty knife to help peel it off. Do it in small sections to decrease the likelihood of damage to the wall. When done, all you have to do is wipe clean the walls with soap and water and you can do whatever you want now with the wall.

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Update Your Lampshade

Is your lamp outdated? Instead of tossing it, update your lampshade for a fresh new look that won’t break the bank.

Going to your local craft store can is a nice way to find materials to revamp your lamp. Buy a hot glue gun or a tacky glue and you can give your lamp a new face lift.

You can take any fabric laying around in your house or you can go to a furniture store to find a swatch of fabric that meets your design needs. Its an easy way to get matching furniture. Just glue on the fabric to a new or the existing lamp shade.

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Another thing you can purchase at the store is buttons. Buttons come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. You can get creative with your hot glue gun.

After putting wallpaper up, you find yourself having extra lying around. Instead of throwing it out, glue the extra paper to a lampshade so that you can match the theme of your room.

If you’re artistic, you can design your own lampshade with paint, or if your less artistically inclined, you can easily use stencils  to get the desired designs you want.

Add your own touch to the lamp
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A nice way to add a pop of color to your lampshade is to glue ribbon(s) onto the shade. Or if you’re feeling adventurous you can create criss cross, vertical or horizontal designs.



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