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Early 1900's Wallpaper base removal

We recently purchased a home in rural Kentucky.
We have begun to move years of wallpaper and the cardboard base from the walls and have found numerous nails underneath.
We don't mind the horizontal wood pattern and would like to paint/stain it, but the question is "How to remove the nails or do you?"

There is no room to drywall the walls as the baseboards were set to the cardboard. To do this would be large and expensive...an unnecessary cost.

Re: Early 1900's Wallpaper base removal

I am not 100% sure I understand how your wall was constructed. Was the wall sheeted in planking and then cardboard nailed to the planking? If so, I'd set the nails, and it they are finishing nails, apply painters putty to the heads, then apply a stain block/primer (I use Kilz) then paint, if that is what you intend to do.

Re: Early 1900's Wallpaper base removal

logdoc, yes...
I think that's how we'll go, set the nails we can, (some have larger heads on them)and then go from there.
Any ideas on removing the cardboard?
My arms can't take much more...LOL

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