NEGATIVE! Well, at least this is what my little test kit told me from Lowe’s. I don’t understand why some say those tests aren’t very accurate. Well, I guess I can see– if you are testing the outter-most layer of something, which may be lead-free, it doesn’t mean that you’re lead-free if you haven’t tested the layers below. I’m fairly confident that our walls are lead-free because the wallpaper removal is exposing the drywall below, with perhaps a thin layer of paint which I tested, which came back negative. There IS nothing more underneath. I believe we’re fine.
Anyhow, last night we removed TONS more of wallpaper in the hallway above the stairs. And we improved our strategy!!!! Not only did we use a garden sprayer and saturated the paper, but we also realized that by pulling down the outter-most later of paper, leaving behind the fuzzy paper and glue, it is much easier to shave that stuff off the wall, like butter, once it’s been thoroughly soaked multiple times.
Piece of cake!!
And dare I say that I actually like removing wallpaper???? There’s something so satisfying shaving that crap off the walls. OOoooohhhh….I’m looking forward to more tonight!
That is………if we can withstand it. We got to the house at 9 p.m. last night, and didn’t leave until well after 3 a.m.
…..and had to get up about 7 a.m. to get ready to work, get the kids ready for daycare, etc. Thankfully, I’m holding up quite well today, ready for more tonight!
So last night, here’s what we accomplished:
1. Removal of all wallpaper in the hallway above the stairs (thank God for ladders).
|BEFORE: This is the large section we cleared out last night. Thankfully we had improved our methods and it took no time at all for it to come down. Will have AFTER pics as soon as hubby uploads them for me!|
|Hmmmm……Maybe this yellow can work!|