Step 3: Peel Back the Wallpaper

peeling back wallpaper using a metal putty knife
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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If working with a metal putty knife, use sandpaper to dull the sharp corners so that it won't gouge. Work the knife behind the paper's top edge where two panels meet, and peel the panel down the wall. If paper sticks to the wall, soak it again before scraping. Place the stripped pieces in a garbage can so that you won't slip on them.
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