This is what a week of work will buy you. The top photo is the original wallpaper. We never liked it, from even when we looked at the house with the realtor but this is the first time we actually did something about it. The middle photo is what 13 man hours with the steamer buys you. I think the bare drywall looks better than the damn wallpaper. The bottom is the final product. Big difference, no?
Darlene thinks this is the prettier of the two colors. I like this one, but I think the living room color is nicer. I like it though and the improvement is dramatic to me. I only wish we didn’t have another chunk of painting to do in the living room.
Update: At my wife’s insistence, I included a bonus shot of both layers of the ugly wallpaper. Both layers suck, but the top one at least could get steamed off with a reasonable amount of effort. The bottom was pasted to the bare wallboard with no paint, so it must have been the original thing that came with the house in 1961. That nearly 50 year old wallpaper paste is a bitch. Friends don’t let friends wallpaper.