The stripping is going well. For the most part, the paper is just falling off the wall. I have most of the room down and almost all of the wall up the stairs.
I had slight fear that the dark spot at the top of the stairs was a patch of blown plaster which of course, would crumble and slide off the wall as soon as I applied pressure or heat to it.
I got to the spot and did a little tap tap tap... holding firm.... applied the wallpaper steamer.... no walls sliding down the stairs..... did some light scraping... no groaning, cracking or crumbling. Whew! I guess the hollow sound was just a dead space behind the wall.
By the end of the afternoon, I was bored of wallpaper so I decided to pull up the carpet on the bottom step, just to see what was there. Since I had to basically destroy the carpet to get underneath it, I kept on. Removed the carpet, pulled up the underlay, pulled out all the staples, pulled out all the nails and sanded down the rough bits.
Low and behold, lookee what I found!
lovely hardwood stair treads!!
Guess I will be doing another blog on how to refinish harwood stairs!