It took a little bit of effort but I managed to wrangle them off.
When it came to the corner, I was a little worried, but the wood was so brittle that it just cracked into pieces and I was able to wiggle it out behind the paneling! Woo Hoo!
My next step was to figure out how to seal the gap between the wall and the paneling (in one corner) and the paneling to paneling (in another corner). I wanted to get some caulk or something to try and squeeze it in there but Jim just said to use the spackling.
I first tried the piping technique using that favorite kitchen technique to ice cupcakes and sweet rolls. I filled up a plastic bag with spackling, trimmed the edge of the corner, and started to ‘pipe in’ the stuff.
There was a slight bag explosion and spackling came out everywhere! I guess my bag was either too thin of plastic or my hole in the corner was too small. Probably a combination of both. Oops.
The best tools on earth. Take two.
Now I can finally start to wallpaper this puppy!