Progress in our spare bedroom is slow. Very slow. Last week we told you about starting to strip the wallpaper.
Stripping the paper started out really well and it came off in huge strips. Well, the paper must have heard us and decided to turn our lives into a sticky paper nightmare. It’s probably my own fault for boasting about it!
It honestly feels like it’s changed its mind and has decided to stick to the wall. Needless to say, progress has slowed down considerably as we are now tearing centimeter-sized pieces off the wall.
You can check out our tips on the most effective way to strip wallpaper here.
As we can’t get enough of stripping, we’ve also started stripping the skirting boards.
As with all wooden surfaces in our house, we’re using a heat gun to warm and soften the paint and then scrape it away with a spatula.
After finally stripping and restoring the staircase, I honestly never wanted to strip anything again in my life! Even peeling a banana just seemed like too much stripping!
I have to admit that for the first time, I’d even considered taking a shortcut and just painting the skirting board, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I just know that we wouldn’t be happy with the finish and there’s no point doing a job if you’re not going to do it properly. At least we have lots of practice.
Luckily the skirting board isn’t too detailed which makes it fairly easy to strip as the gooey paint doesn’t get stuck in a load of grooves. The fumes are probably really unhealthy though. I have to have regular breaks otherwise I go really dizzy! Remember to always check your paint before undertaking work, especially in old houses, as it could contain lead!
I hate stripping paint, is there a DIY job that you like to avoid? Have you been stripping anything lately? Do you think we should have just painted over the skirting board?