I have been removing wallpaper in our new home and run into a big problem in our two bathrooms, it seems that whoever put up the paper did not prime the drywall underneath and just slapped the paper right on. I discovered this when I dry stripped some paper (very thick paper)in each of the rooms. I am now at a loss for what to do. I have also brought in a pro to look at the job and at this point he says best move is to seal up and paint over the wallpaper. While I agree this is a good idea, it is not something I feel comfortable to do myself.
I feel like at this point my options are hire the pro (which I am for, but hubby is against, doesn't want to spend the money) or do the following:
Dry strip the rest of the paper (it is very thick paper, pulls off pretty easily). Seal the walls with Gardz, prime and paint. Does this seem like a plan that would work? I am afraid we are getting into unknown territory and will end up screwing up the walls beyond repair. I have read a lot about the Gardz product and everyone mentions skimming the walls after applying the Gardz, is this a step that can be skipped? What would the walls look like if we didn't skim them? Is there a texture finish we can apply to make the walls look "ok" if we don't skim them?? Skimming the walls sounds beyond what this newbie is capable.
Keep in mind I am a 5'1" girl who would be doing 90% of the work, and I also have a 1.5 year old very attached daughter so I would only be able to work a few hours at a time on weekends. These are very small bathrooms, so very tight working quarters. Husband would have left this horrible ugly wallpaper up so he feels this is my problem and I got us into this by starting this project in the first place. What would you do in this situation??
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