#trashouttuesday / DIY disaster – how to remove duct tape from walls

the daily Starr trash out tuesday

True friends bond while removing duct tape from walls together.

Note: I was helping too, people!

Maybe you remember several years ago when we transformed my friend Tara’s bedroom with duct tape on the walls to form a diamond design.

From before:

To after:

Hands down, this was one of my all-time favorite room makeovers we’ve ever tackled!

Fast forward 3 years and our friends have a pending contract to sell their house and it’s time to move! The buyers didn’t want the duct tape, so tonight we had a #trashouttuesday party to take it down, complete with a house full of kids and pizza.

This is where I’m going to be COMPLETELY honest with you and tell how this gorgeous DIY idea turned pretty disastrous.

First of all, the humidity in NC made this duct tape ripple. It wasn’t as smooth and flat like when we first installed.

Far away it isn’t as noticeable, but obvious when you get close. Not pretty!

Also, when we started pulling the tape up, it left a sticky residue on the wall. Not fun!

I was disappointed because we spent significant time measuring and installing this tape. Never again. We will do reverse painters tape next time we want a design and then remove the tape after we paint the wall over the tape.

We found it easier to use hair dryers to warm up the duct tape and pull it off, but still, the sticky parts remained. Oh, and we couldn’t turn the hair dryers on high because we kept tripping breakers. HA!

The guys were sooo thrilled to be helping with our project.

Finally, we got all the tape down and tried several different removers to see which one could get the tape residue off without damaging the paint.

We had one clear winner:

Goo Gone Spray Gel

Now we plan to patch a few spots where we may or may not have scuffed the sheetrock and put one fresh coat of paint on this wall before closing next week. Whooohoooo!

Here’s to friends who take down sticky tape together ❤

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