Scraping Away the Years
First, Bruce filled a spray bottle with hot water and laundry detergent. Using his spray mixture, he saturated the area he wanted to uncover. Then, he allowed the mixture to sit for fifteen minutes, softening the top coat of wallpaper. Finally, he used a putty knife to scrape away the layers. For historic homes that have passed through several sets of hands, it’s fairly likely that the wallpaper you see isn’t original to the home. But beneath the new covering, the old wallpaper lies, waiting to be found. Bruce calls the stripping away process “a treasure hunt” and his process was simple and straightforward.