Why in the Sam Hill am I using wallpaper remover stuff to take off paint?!
So I gave the remains of my cereal to Little Cat and then glommed a bunch of CitriStrip all over two of the living room walls. While it was percolating, this:
(Don't worry, Little Dog didn't disappear. He just refused to be in the after photo. I'm not quite done with the chair, but you get the idea. The fabric's actually a tablecloth I got at Bed Bath & Beyond and I bought the throw pillow at Home Depot.)
Then I took my beautiful new pull scraper, the favorite of all my new toys, and--wonder of wonders!--the paint just peeled right off, down to the backing on the wallpaper, and the walls looked like this:
That took about 45 minutes. (Not including the percolating time.)
And the soles of my $3 Target flip flops looked like this:
Then I wiped down the walls with warm water and used a dull 4" putty knife to peel off long shards of the backing. And then the walls looked like this:
And I did my Snoopy dance all around the living room because I see an end to sucky pale blue walls with brown wallpaper leaves showing through.
After all, it's not all about the shingles.