Our Bathroom Remodel Experience

We have a small cramped and very dated master bathroom. So this year as a Christmas present to each other we decided to remodel our bathroom. Come along on our journey.

Our first step in the remodel of the bathroom was to remove the wallpaper, boarder and the popcorn ceiling. Putting down plastic helps for easy clean up since this part of the remodel is a bit messy. Start removing the boarder around the top. By pulling down the face sheet of the boarder not really worrying if all of it comes off at this time since I would come back late and get it when removing the wallpaper.

Then I pulled down the face sheet of the wallpaper which comes off fairly easy. Once I removed all the boarder and wallpaper face sheets I used a product called Diff. It is a no drip, no mess gel wallpaper stripper. The instructions on the bottle says that you can use a paper tiger to score the wall paper but what I found is that if you score the paper you really need to be careful not to score it to deep because it will leave dimples in the drywall and if you want to paint the walls you will see those dimples. That is why I chose to peel the face sheets off first. The Diff product is a blue gel that comes in a hand pump spray bottle. When you spray it on the walls you want to only do small sections at a time because the gel will dry and then you will have to respray. Once you spray the gel on you only have to wait a couple of minutes till you can start scraping the glue and paper off of the walls. I used a 1″ putty knife to do the scraping. It seemed to work really well. Our bathroom is not that big, only 63 square feet, so it didn’t take a whole lot of time. Once I had all the walls scraped I washed them off with warm water and a rag.

I started on the popcorn ceiling. I remembered talking with my in-laws when they remodeled their house about how they did the ceilings and it is easy to do. All that is needed is a spray bottle filled with water and a ladder. Spray a small section of the ceiling and then using a 4″ putty knife to scrape. You don’t really want to use a smaller knife because there is more of a chance of putting grooves in the ceiling which will have to be filled in later. The reason that removing the popcorn ceiling is so simple is that most popcorn ceilings are sprayed on drywall joint compound that when it gets wet it softens up enough that you can easily remove it. You may find imperfections in the ceiling but we will talk about how to fix those later during the remodel.

And guys always make sure to clean up your mess when you are through. Cleaning your tools off and putting them back in the garage when you are done will help keep harmony in the home.

And that brings us to the close of our 1st step in the remodeling process.

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