After talking with our painter here (great guy who painted all the ugly trim on the first floor before we moved in!) He said there wasn't much we could do other than remove the wallpaper as best as possible and then he would come over and try to cover and sand the walls before we painted. It was a mess! and we tracked wallpaper all around the house :)
Now that all this tacky wallpaper is GONE, the painter worked on the walls today to make them smooth and ready for paint. Probably won't be perfect walls, but way better than where we started.
John & Sherry} giving us the courage to try it ourselves... we purchased a paint sprayer! This was the easiest room to practice with because we didn't have to worry about over-spray on the walls and all we had to cover were the hardwood floors. Patrick loved it and the four layers of white were sprayed and dry super fast! (I promise I stayed clear of the fumes and bought him a mask after taking this picture!) We will have to do a post on the paint sprayer soon once I can get some final pictures, but it sure makes us excited to start working our way down the hall and brightening the upstairs with white trim.