Have you checked out my home tour? Have you ever wondered why there are no pictures of the bathroom? Let me show you the before.
The after? You’ll have to wait until my next post.
Behold our former living room in all it’s wallpapered glory:
So obviously I’m pretty terrible at before pictures. I’ll try and be better as I do the other rooms. Anyway, after countless hours of scraping wallpaper and popcorn ceiling (still not totally done that), trying to repair walls, and cursing the person who DID NOT primer before wallpapering in 1929, the living room is painted!
Bonus: We finally figured out a furniture configuration that works for us and promotes conversation. I am still planning on painting the bookshelves, but that can wait until I’m done painting all the rooms. I would also love to buy some decorative things, but it’s not in the budget until the other house sells.
I’m in a giant hurry to paint everything because we want to rip out the floors and get new ones in before the snow flies. It also takes time to order the wood and it has to sit in the house for a couple of weeks to acclimatize. But! It will all be worth it to have a house that doesn’t stink!! (There’s pet stains in the wood. Removing the wallpaper has helped the smell, but it is still definitely there.)
As for what’s up next, it’s on to the dining room! Only some minor wallpaper removal there, so hopefully I can get this room done in a week instead of a month.
So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to pin and share if you like it!
I suppose I’ll be painting many more walls in the near future, but this one feels like a triumph. Here’s the progression:
Behold the wallpaper in all its glory!!!
The primed squares are previous spots-of-triumph. The white patches are spots where the plaster wasn’t even because of the water and scraping I had to use to remove the wallpaper. In hindsight, I think I might be able to get away with just sanding those spots flat. We’ll see on the next wall.
First coat of primer done!
Do you like the white? Do you think I should keep it white or go with light grey?
Lately, I’ve made a new best friend. (Don’t worry Vanessa!) He’s great at getting into tight places and is my constant companion in the living room. I call him Scrapey.
Since I’ve moved in, I’ve gotten into a good routine for working on the house. Backyard work in the morning before Dominic wakes up, wallpaper scraping while Dominic has his TV time or is very involved in his trains, and another last stab at the backyard in the evening.
Thankfully most of the wallpaper comes off easily and there are only two layers. However, there are always some hold-outs and surprises.
The popcorn ceiling is actually sprayed on wallpaper. . . on the ceiling! Fun!!
If you read interior design magazines, you’ll notice a trend towards wallpaper ceilings. After discovering this, I can’t say I’m a fan.
A hidden electrical spot! More Fun!!
There used to be wall sconces! Who knew?
Surprise #3 1/2
Nobody primed the wall before putting on the initial set of wallpaper, hence my hack job that looks like this when I have to use the fancy wallpaper removal stuff:
The primed square of white is where I have emerged victorious over the wall. Right now there are only three squares of white.
To get the wallpaper off the wall, I use DIF gel wallpaper stripper. It seems to work reasonably well. I’ve heard of other solutions, which I will try once this stuff runs out. Never fear, there is ample wallpaper in this house to test out wallpaper removal theories.
So for the next little while, if you come over to the house unannounced, you’ll probably see this:
Hi Friends! Lately I’ve been having trouble with my subscriptions, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss any posts in the meantime, like my Facebook Page where I put links to every post. My awesome computer guy is working on fixing the issue. Thanks!