Need opinions/ideas --- Bathroom remodeling


Thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas/suggestions/opinions about a remodeling project that is currently in the "She hasn't quite decided phase"... ;-)
Our house is a brick three story that was re-built in 1887 (I'm guessing due to fire). It used to have a wrap around porch, but at some point someone enclosed the portion on the side to use as a bathroom/laundry room. (that's room that's under consideration)
One of the former owners of our home did wallpaper work in this downstairs bathroom and were kind enough to make it a challenge for us. (No one likes an easy project afterall) They didn't do diddly to prep the drywall and just applied wallpaper... I've read a few of the archived posts on this topic... I'm thinking of going with the 2 heavy coats of oil based primer over the paper to seal it, then using textured paint. Anyone done this? What was your results?
The idea we're floating right now is to seal the wall paper, then texture paint it, I'm going to put tile floor in to replace the vinyl that is there now. The request from the boss is that she'd like it to have more of a "porch" like look. I got some old picket fence that was originally at her parents home from her folks. My plan is to use the fence sections as a wainscoating along the outside wall of the room. Then have a friend (whose's a lot more artistically inclined than me) to paint vines, flowers, and such on and around the railing and up the walls.
We have hot water baseboard heat so having the fence stick out from the walls isn't really going to be any loss of space since the heater sections run almost the length of the outside wall too. The fencing isn't the wide style rails, the "fence" sections are around 2" wide.
Thought I'd bounce the idea around here and see if anyone has suggestions or ideas...
Thanks!!!
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What is the wallpaper applied to, druwall or plaster or what ? You can *always* get wallpaper down and I'd hate to see giving up on that goal unless it really doesn't matter.
Make sure the fence boards don't have termites or other bugs in them...
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I have not done this, but I have dealt with remodeling after the previous owner did it. Removing the textured paint and wall paper was a real bear. Don't do this to wall paper, remove it now.

Will the extra projection from the wall interfere with the air flow from the baseboard heat?
Cheers, Wayne
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The paper is on drywall right now. What's the best way to get it down short of taking the drywall down too?
The fence is bugless, it was used in my Bro-in-laws store for quite a while and I know his Mrs. required it be treated. (I'll make sure and confirm no bugs, Hadn't really given it a thought... Thanks!!!!
The fence shouldn't really interfere with the heaters at all....
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I agree if at all possible remove the paper before painting. There are several tools available, and some other products to help loosen the glue. If no prep work was done, you will probably have some damage to the drywall, but if you use care it will probably still be easier (and cheaper) to repair this than remove and re-drywall the entire room. The texture paint will hide some minor blemishes, and if you are going for a look that might be indicative of the homes age, you probably wouldn't want a new-house finish on the walls anyway!
The 'fence' idea sounds like something you wife would like (so I'm deleting this message ASAP!). To me it sounds like a dust/dirt catcher in the making, particularly in a laundry room! And a maintenance item the next time you need to paint as well Maybe you can find some wall paper with that sort of look that would be less maintenance and easier to keep clean.

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