I figured it was original to the house which made it about 17 years old. 17 years in a small windowless bathroom, the stuff should be a snap to get off. NO! NO! NO! I scraped, I used Diff, finally I found the paper tiger and got most of the top layer off. Then on the advice of one of the neighbors I used a strong dish detergent to water mixture and covered the walls and scraped some more. Finally after about 3 more hours last night I got the last bits of wallpaper and glue off the walls...or so I thought.
This morning I went through one more time and scrubbed the walls. I'd occasionally find another small spot of paper or glue and I'd get the scraper and go to it. I did one final wipe down of all the walls with clear water to get the glue and soap residue off. I was so proud of myself, much more thorough than I usually am before slapping paint on the walls. I even managed to tape off the tub, baseboards and ceiling. This time I was doing it right. WRONG.
As soon as I raised my first rollerfull of aqua paint I could see it, a spot of glue and another and another. I really wanted to put my head down on the top of the ladder and cry. Instead I scraped off the paint and the glue and went on another expedition to find the last darned spots. I found a few more and even more as I countinued to paint. The first coat is done except for behind the toilet. I need DH to get that badboy out of there so I can finish up.
Of course this morning his nightmare came true, I said you know, since we already...which always puts him on high alert for "I'm not going to like this." Well, since we are already going to pull out the toilet should we replace the floor? What about the vanity? He said, I knew this was coming. So I guess this afternoon we'll take a trip to Home Depot or Lowe's to find the requisite accessories. And did I mention there was a mirror that took up one entire wall that has disposed of?