How to Remove Stuck Shelf Paper


Good idea, getting rid of the old shelf paper that harks back to Granny's era. It's just too bad half of it wants to stay put for another half-century. Don't give in--all you need is a putty knife, sandpaper and some patience.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Scrubber
  • Soap
  • Rag Or Paper Towel
  • Putty Knife
  • 120-grit Sandpaper
  • Peel off as much of the stuck paper as you can.

  • Carefully scrape the remainder with a putty knife, holding it at an angle so you avoid gouging the wood.

  • When you've scraped up all you can, rub medium-coarse (120- grit) sandpaper over the remaining gunk.

  • Continue until all traces of the paper are removed.

  • Using a damp rag or a paper towel, wipe up the paper shreds and glue gunk. If some of the glue proves to be tenacious, use hot soapy water and a plastic scrubber.

  • Allow the shelf to dry thoroughly before you refinish it or apply new covering.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try to remove as much as you can with the putty knife before sanding the paper. Sanding can be more time-consuming and labor-intensive.

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