WALLPAPER ||to paper or not to paper?

The dining room in our home has 2-3 layers of wallpaper.  When we first moved in, I started ripping the paper thinking it wouldn't be a big deal.  After 1 day of that, I stopped.  Well, I got the bug again.  We have almost been in our new home for 1 year!  And the dining room is starting to bother me.  Soooooo, I started on the wallpaper again.  Removing wallpaper is not for the faint of heart!  What an awful chore!  I enlisted the girls help, and that was fun, but they moved on after 30 minutes or so.  (Matt tested for lead and fortunately this wallpaper doesn't have any.)  I am into about 6 hours of removing wallpaper, and this is my progress...


That is wall 1 of 4.  Oh my.


Matt is going to cut in an opening (to go into the entry and to easily go down to the basement) into this big wall and we decided that he will install a wainscoting on the bottom half of the dining room walls.


And I am such a wallpaper-removing-wimp, the thought of this wall and the beam kills me, so he is going to trim out the entire wall and give it a built-in look.  But, I still have a lot of work to do!

There are a few different methods and ideas on removing wallpaper.  Sometimes you are lucky and it comes right off, not the case here.  I am using a product called DIF.  It's a gel and it comes in a spray bottle.  Before applying it to the wall, you use a handy tool to score the wallpaper, than spray on the DIF.  Let is set for 15 minutes and it's easier to peel the paper off.


I have really wanted to wallpaper a few walls in the house.  But now I just don't know if I want the drama of removing the wallpaper when I am ready for a change.  I have looked at quite a few beautiful rooms with fabric walls and I love the thought of easily changing out the fabric with you are ready for a change.



Thoughts?  Have you had a good or bad experience with wallpaper?  Do tell!