Help! My husband and I are trying to repaint a bathroom in our new home. The old paint was unevenly textured and had gold, metallic stencils. We would like to smooth out the walls before applying a primer coat and new paint. We have tried hand sanding, a power sander and a paint scraper. Some areas seem to have little paint and primer and we've gotten down to the brown paper on the drywall. In other spots the paint is so thick we can't get through the rough texture with the sander or scraper. A painter recommended wetting the walls and scraping, but that gets us downto the paper on the drywall, too. Now we have a mess. What should we do now? Thanks to anyone who can help out.