Playoff weekend! And wallpaper removal weekend 😀
Getting started right at the beginning of the year. I actually wasn’t intending to do the downstairs foyer first, but I was taking ‘before’ pictures of the upstairs bath, bedroom and the hallway and then I saw a little loose strip of wallpaper and it pulled off a big sheet, so that was it.
Here was the old wallpaper:
It was dirty and had a lot of rips in it. And kind of ugly. I really don’t have a problem with wallpaper, per se, but it has to be well done. That is absolutely key to pull off wallpaper. It has to work with the house and when you combine papers, they should work together. In this house on just the first floor, there were 12 different patterns of wallpaper used. TWELVE!! That doesn’t count the layers there were underneath the top layers, either. It’s almost like the people just found all the patterns they liked, couldn’t decide and put them all up. There are only about 8 different kinds upstairs, so there is that.
Here is an example. This is the entry going to the downstairs basement. It had plaid wallpaper on the top. That in no way goes with the paper in the foyer or what was in the nook/kitchen or dining room. This was John’s work area for the weekend:
He was lucky enough to have a double layer to work with. Lovely:
I was in the foyer:
I am an expert in wallpaper removal now and this area was a breeze to remove. It came off really easily, which after some of the tough rooms I did felt like a treat. However, I decided after a while I would rather do a little shopping and on a whim asked my sister to go out to an upscale consignment shop with me that was kind of near her house. It’s called La Moda Lisa and it is a huge shop that sells everything from furniture to clothes to jewelry. New, used and vintage.
I think Elton was here, maybe.
I *almost* bought these shoes. They were $8, but I can’t imagine where I would wear them. It was just fun to find spike heels that actually were comfortable to wear on my wide feet.
I walk too fast to have wobbly shoes, though. I would be on my butt sooner rather than later.
You can get a red velvet barber/dentist chair if you want:
It’s a fun place. I ended up buying a faux fur coat. I wasn’t anticipating buying a coat, but the price was great and it was really warm and comfy (and fun). So in keeping with my 2015 goals to upgrade my wardrobe:
Now I see why people take these selfies high overhead. Thinner and taller.
Anyway, it was great to have sister time. We stopped for coffee afterwards:
I wish we could do that more often.
Sunday was back to the wallpaper and I got it all down from the foyer. It was lickety split! I just patched the walls and it is now ready for paint. I will be using Golden Mushroom for the walls.
I am going to paint the doors and windowsills as well. Just a few shades lighter.
It’s brighter without that paper. I stopped where the next papering end to get a clean edge in the stairwell. That is going to be a huge job and I don’t want to do that until the upstairs bedroom and bathroom are done.
Do you like how I am drying my boots on the radiator? Those things are great for drying laundry and putting jammies on there before bed to get them toasty warm 😀