Woodchip wallpaper by Gary Allman (no one wants to photograph woodchip it seems so big thanks to Gary!)
A request came in on Twitter the other day (whilst we were having fun on the #followbus!) from @hanrahb. She’s got woodchip all over her house and wants to know the best way to get it off. Hmm… tricky.
I remember the woodchip wallpaper in the house I grew up in and I remember the days my mum and dad spent scraping the sodding stuff off – so I can sympathise with Hannah. Which is why Bailey and I were compelled to help!
We’ve crowdsourced (ok – asked our Facebook peeps, friends and family and searched t’internet) for tips, tricks and handy advice, and here is what we came up with:
Our Facebook friends (including Papa Smith) offered this advice:
“Best to use a steamer to loosen the bulk of it and then plenty of elbow grease!”
“Score with a knife and soak with warm water until easy to scrape off”
Mama Smith offered this advice:
“Have a woodchip party where everyone brings a scraper and reward them with supper and drinks!”
Other tips I found include:
“Brush wall paper paste all over the woodchip, soak for ten minutes and then scrape… should come away like a dream”
“Score the paper before steaming to help it get through layers of cake”
“Hire a steamer from a builder’s merchant or borrow from friends or family”
“Steamers are messy! Put sheets down everywhere!”
“Buy your scraper from a builder’s merchant – they’re wider and sharper and make life that little bit easier”
“Steam top to bottom so drips soak the paper below”
(but we also read “steam bottom up as steam rises and will penetrate the paper above” so we’re not sure about this one!)
“You may take plaster with you as you scrape and steam so be careful and be prepared to fill in holes or replaster afterwards”
“Score paper, mist spray with water 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days before peeling off” (this one is for those of you with lots of time on your hands… which I suspect is actually hardly anyone!)
“Use a rotary scorer for easy peasy and super speedy scoring”
“Mist the paper with garden killer spray mixed with a dash of washing up liquid before scraping” (ummm personally I wouldn’t want those kind of chemicals floating around my room and I’m not convinced it would work, but I’ve included it and am happy to be proved wrong!)
So, there you go, an amalgam of tips, tricks and advice for those of you trying to get rid of the devil of the interior design world…. Hannah, I hope some of this helps and to anyone else about to tackle this DIY beast, good luck and let us know how you get on!