Sometimes a Paperhanger Does More than Hang Wallpaper

Digital ImageThis powder room had a chair rail running around the middle of the room. The homeowner wanted the new wallpaper to run straight from ceiling to floor, without the chair rail.

Instead of hiring a handyman and paying the extra money (not to mention the likelihood that he would not patch and repair the damage to the wall), I told her I could remove the chair rail. So I pulled out a few tools I don’t usually use, namely a hammer and pry bar, which I keep in the van “just in case.”

The chair rail came off easily, but underneath was some torn Sheetrock, nail holes, and strips of caulk. I removed what I could, floated over the rest, sanded smooth, primed, and – Voilà! You would never know there had been anything around the middle of the room.

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