After living here for 2 1/2 years and staring at the eyesores, I finally gained the motivation to tackle it all. Actually it didn't quite work out that way. My curious little 4 year old noticed a piece of the wallpaper peeling so he pulled at it....and kept pulling at pieces. He took most of it off and I finished the rest for him with my trusty knife from the kitchen. Hey, it was quick to grab and I was impatient.
Then, I used hot tap water in a spray bottle to wet the paper backing which came off really easily.
When we moved in the entire house was painted a creamy white color and little by little I've moved through each room of the house to completely rid our home of that color. The bedroom was the last room left - I chose to paint it the same color as our hallway 1) because I'm low-budget and we already had the paint on hand and 2) I just really love the smokey blue-gray color.// TIP //
When you have less than perfect walls, choose a paint that has a low sheen -flat paint hides most blemishes and a high-gloss will highlight every single eyesore. I usually buy an eggshell finish. It's a bit easier to clean than flat but hides more than a satin.