When I started to work on the border, I realized that it wasn't actually paneling behind the paper, it was a real live wall! I felt compelled to honor this wall, one of the only ones in the house, by getting all the wallpaper off. Then, I reasoned to myself, we could just paint the walls. The paper had been applied shoddily, full of bubbles and peeling sections, so painting the wall seemed preferable.
However, the wall itself had been scored, meaning it looked like someone had taken a knife and tried to hack it to pieces. In many places it's uneven and full of ridges. In other words, a coat of paint is not going to look as great as I'd hoped. We might put another kind of wallpaper up, or we might just paint and deal with a goofily-textured wall. But personally, I enjoyed my frenzied hour of ripping.