Step 4: Prepare the Wall for Wallpaper

Still working in the pink bathroom the next step is to spackle the holes and dings in the wall so we can hang some beautiful wallpaper.

Bathroom wallpaper from the 1990s.
Mixing this drywall mud instead of using premixed allows control of the consistency.

Charlie mixed some powdered wall mud with water to make a slightly thin spackle.

Old drywall above bathroom tile needs to be skim-coated before wallpaper can be applied.

He applied it to the wall over the sink in the pink bathroom that was in bad shape after the mirror and old wallpaper had been removed.

Vinegar water is especially effective cleaning formerly papered walls.

Then he wiped down the entire wall with a solution of white vinegar and water to remove any old wallpaper debris and glue.

The round window in the pink bathroom is original to the house.

In the meanwhile Sug painted the bird’s eye window trim.  This is the original round window in the house which we duplicated in the newly-built bathrooms.

This fixture has been hanging for about 18 years and could use a good cleaning.

Before I begin to hang the wallpaper I need to take down the 4-bulb lighting fixture that hangs over the sink.  Removing it will make a neater job rather than trying to paper around the fixture.

Are you able to hookup/disconnect electrical devices?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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