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.
With the wallpaper border removed, I broke out my trusty supplies from 3M DIY Website and my paint scraper to tackle the rest of the problem areas. I scraped off the paint drips using a paint scraper and used 3M™ Advanced Abrasives to sand down the raised paint runs as well as the edges where the border and the flower appliqué used to be. I made sure to wear my 3M™ Safety Products (Respirator, ear protection, safetyglasses) when I was scraping and sanding to help protect my eyes from flying particles and my lungs from that nasty paint dust.
To fill all the nail holes and random dents I used 3M™ Patch plus primer which was easy to apply, plus I loved that it already included primer. Then there were a few spots in the wall that were in really rough shape and required application of joint compound.
Once the spackling was dry I sanded it smooth with the 3M™ Advanced Abrasives and wiped the walls down with a damp cloth to remove any sanding dust to ready the room for paint.
// 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.
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.
The wall below was definitely in the worst shape and these photos show how much better it's looking now.
I still have some work to do in here - painting the closet doors, crown and ceiling white, plus replacing the carpet but it's already feeling like a whole new space.
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