After reading numerous DIY blogs and watching hundreds of YouTube videos, I was eager to start my kitchen remodeling.
I decided that I will begin with three changes.
- Remove the wallpaper and paint.
- Remove and update the flooring.
- Update the countertops.
I started removing wallpaper only to discover multiple layers of wallpaper covering the lathe and plaster walls. I began scoring the paper and spraying a solution of fabric softener and water on the walls and letting the solution set for 10 minutes and then scraping the wallpaper off with a putty knife. This was messy but it worked well. The upside was that my kitchen smelled great.
My friend, Leslie, told me that vinegar and water work great, too and is much easier to clean so I switched and realized it is cheaper, too. The vinegar solution may even work a little better because the acid breaks down the glue.
I have not really set a time table for completion but hopefully will be able to have the kitchen painted by December 7.