But anyhow, when I was working on it that first time (2005, I think) we didn't want to take the wallpaper down because we didn't know what the wall would be like, and we just weren't up to taking on that project.
(btw, the light fixture has been changed....)
And I made the happy discovery that it was infinitely better when painted over--the design was still there (though not fuzzy--it actually became prickly), but subdued to a nice mellow yellow that matched the other walls that I painted yellow on purpose. (In that "before" picture you can see the white before I'd done the whole wall, as well as the original paper).
Anyhow, it would still be a "lets do it later" project, but HH was using a wallpaper steamer at work & had it for the night, and suggested using it while he had it. Turns out that the steam didn't penetrate the painted thick fuzzy wallpaper, so we just ripped it off. The drywall paper came off in a lot of spots, so we'll have lots of mudding to do before we can texture & paint....
So this is our new entry decor for a few days (I get to work on sanding during naptimes before we can mud).
Also, as follow up: I did buy the armoire & tables, am reselling the coffee table because we really aren't coffee table people, and I'm now in the process of trying to find baskets for the shelves under the tv (to hold dvds and such)