In my family all of the girls get together and work on projects together. We patch holes, hang wall paper, remove wall paper, painted faux finishes, even invented faux finishes, paint, clean, make the curtains, hang curtain rods, manage minor plumbing and electric. I believe that is why I feel pretty equal at least with the men in the family thus earning my He woman name, Mel. Thanks Angie or should I say Angelo? We all climb ladders, lift too much, move furniture. I even remember cutting off feet of a couch just to get it through a door. We do what life requires. We have a lot of fun and knock IT OUT!!!
Back to that removing wallpaper thing. While painting one time I discovered something. I was removing a border and painting my son’s room. It was summer and I was painting all of the bedrooms. I tackled the boy’s room first. It had all of the normal boy dirt there. Especially one of the walls had lots of green boy dirt on it. I use Shaklee H2 it is a concentrated cleaner that you mix with water in different concentrations for different cleaning jobs. This time I chose the degreaser concentration to remove that green dirt. I soaked the wall and left it for 10 minutes discussed and gagging. I sure love those boys!
When I returned not only was I able to wipe the wall clean instantly but I noticed the Nascar border coming of the wall. I started peeling. Then I sprayed again and pulled off more. Again, again and again until the whole border was off! I could not believe it!
The next room was the one that had wall paper on 2 walls. I decided to experiment, so I made the Shaklee H2 twice as strong. That meant to add a teaspoon of cleaner to a pint of (I decided HOT) water. I used the Zinsser Paper Tiger to score the wall paper then I mixed more Shaklee H2 solution with HOT water and sprayed it on the wall paper. It is quite a mess, you just need plenty of drop clothes. But the real beauty here is that as you remove the wall paper you are cleaning off the wall paper paste and as the directions say on the bottle of Shaklee H2, no rinsing required. I will never use expensive products like DIF again.
Photos are compliments of Bethany Swygart. Bethany has surely won her He Woman points on this project because she did this while being a great Mom to 2 little ones. She is a fantastic Mom. Really she already had He Woman points enough. What a great girl. Thanks Bethany!!!
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