I had been dying to strip the wallpaper in this room since day one. The room had an overpowering smell of men’s aftershave which was so ingrained in the walls that no amount of airing would get rid of it.
It appeared that the cause of the mould was purely down to a lack of ventilation rather than a leak or damp. Phew! I imagine where the wardrobe obstructed the window, the window was never opened. Also the original fireplace had been blocked off but no vent put in place to allow the room to breathe causing a build-up of condensation.
Whilst it didn’t look very nice it was easily fixable and on the plus side it made stripping the wallpaper really easy – in some places it just came off in one long strip!
On the wall next to the window, where the condensation build-up was really bad, great lumps of plaster came away with the wallpaper. So on that wall we had to take all the plaster off and go back to brick.
One last thing we did before the plasterer got started was to remove the skirting board. We are not sure if the decorative bit had been taken off or if it had just been replaced altogether with a plainer style wood, but either way we wanted to replace it with a more decorative wood, matching the original skirting in the master bedroom.