I have never thought that was a very good idea. It had to look tacky, and if we had kids, how were we going to keep those walls clean, no matter what kind of paint we used? But the previous owners decided at some point that this is how they wanted to cover their living room walls. I was disheartened to discover more wallpaper, but it couldn't be that bad, could it? When we moved into the house, this is what the first floor looked like, minus pictures of the kitchen.
|Living room with the fireplace all painted white.|
|Long view from the living room to the dining room.|
|The corner cabinet of the dining room.|
|Close up of the fireplace.|
|Staircase after the carpeting was removed from the stairs.|
|This is what our living room looked like for most of the first year.|
|Beautiful, huh? Wish the rest of the walls looked like this. That would have been spectacular.|
We kept tearing off wallpaper, and ended many weekends with the floor covered in debris, like in this next "work-in-progress" picture.
Then we got to the other side of the fireplace and discovered that the wallpaper didn't come off as easily, or at all. The first layer of wallpaper came off, leaving a layer of paper backing and glue which stubbornly stuck to the walls.