We set about ripping up the old carpet, and then removing all of the tack strip and staples.
...which really doesn't look any better :) I just kept repeating 'it has to get worse before it can get better'. (I will explain those funky built-ins in another post). At this point, we still thought that the glue removal wouldn't be that big of a deal, so we bought some glue solvent, sprayed it on, and....it didn't work. AT ALL. We stalled out at that point and started thinking that we would just have these horrible patterns on our walls for all time.
Just this weekend I threw up an emergency DIY flare on Instagram, and both my brother in law and the nice folks over at Old Town Home came to our rescue. The consensus seems to be that aside from hanging new drywall (which we do not want to do) it is really just a matter of scraping all that crap off of the walls, and then repairing any damage.
We found that a wood chisel is actually the best tool for the job...which is kind of random but hey! If it works, I am not going to question it! The paint is so old that it literally just chips right off of the plaster, with almost no damage to the plaster walls, which is an awesome plus in my book.
|And yes - it is PINK!|
Phew. My shoulders ache.
So tell me - Do you think we are bonkers for not just hanging drywall and being done with it?