We just bought our first house and decided to remove the terrible 70s paneling and paint the walls. After removing the first layer of paneling we found a second layer of paneling, and after removing that paneling we found about 3 layers of paint and 3 layers of wall paper. We used warm water mixed with fabric softne and patiently scraped the wall paper off... and then the walls started to crumble. We now have huge pieces of our wall falling down, exposing the horizontal boards within the wall. I know our original walls were plaster, and when they installed the paneling they used hundreds of nails, which cased cracking. We have had 4 different contractors in and have received very different solutions and bids. We were told they needed to skim the walls and paint, then we were told they needed to replaster, and we were also told we should just put dry wall over the existing problem. Any ideas on the best solution to the mess we made?