January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


Monday, March 26, 2012

Inspiration to the Rescue!


Well, I've been picking away at this blasted wallpaper since Friday off and on; 15 minutes here, 15 minutes there, blah blah blah.  I'm to the point where I need to move the bookshelves and entertainment center, and I am really really not ready to do that yet, mentally.


This wallpaper is fighting all the way.  It sure does not want to come off the wall; and in areas, it's taking parts of the wall with it.  Sigh.

I really cannot tackle a wet and scrape job during at night after work.  So, this will have to wait until next weekend.  Meanwhile, I'm picking away here and there trying to get at least the top vinyl part off and even that is proving problematic!

Yeah, I know I know I should have done the slash, spray and scrape thing but ya know - I took wallpaper off before and didn't have to do any of that jazz to get it off. Well, so this room re-do is going to come somewhat harder than I thought.

I am stoked, though, by having ordered my beautiful new area rug (I really shouldn't have spent the money, it's absolutely not in the budget, but I did it anyway), the chair rail and the paintable high relief patterned wallpaper!  The wallpaper has shipped! So has the rug!  That will keep me on track, because I sure won't want them stashed in the garage forever!

To further gird my figurative loins, I just love these rooms:

Suitable title, this photo from Inspiration for Decoration --

Love this room from A Touch of Luxe --

Oh my, and this incredible kitchen that I never expected to find at Decorpad --

I just didn't think of this color combination in connection with a kitchen!  Talk about being blind!

The dark dramatic wall color (described as grey taupe in all three images) -- well, mine isn't exactly "grey" taupe, it's probably got a hint of brown in it rather than grey.  But the white ceilings, white trim and in the top photo, the white lower walls -- exactly what I plan to do in a more modest way in my family room.  My lower walls won't be great built-in casegoods and paneling, but for the first time I'm going to have an honest-to-goddess chair rail that will divide the dark painted upper walls from pristine white lower textured papered walls.

And that glorious kitchen! I have a soffit above my white cabinets just like the one in the photo above -- I have white cabinets (not as fancy, mine are plain-faced melamine). That soffit and the area underneath my kitchen cabinets to the countertops will look fabulous painted the taupe color that I'm going to use in the family room!  I don't have white marble countertops -- mine are black faux granite builder's grade laminate.  Not having a greyish taupe will work to my benefit in the kitchen with those black speckled countertops, me thinks. 

Oooooh, can't wait to paint.  And the wonderful thing about doing the kitchen is -- no wallpaper to remove.  Maybe just a little bit of washing and touch-up priming.  And now I really have an incentive to repaint my cabinet and drawer pulls too...  Already got the paint - hammered oiled bronze.  It will look gorgeous with the taupe paint color I picked out. 

I just love it when a plan comes together - and the original plan didn't even include the kitchen! 


  1. Jan,
    Do you have one of those wallpaper removal tools that has little wheels and big teeth? I use this all the time. You roll it in every direction over the wall paper and sponge with a wet sponge. Let it stand for a few minutes and the paper usually just peels right off. This is what we used to remove the border in our Kitchen last summer and it worked like a charm...

    1. Hi Deb,

      I know the tool but I don't own one. I will check around at the office to see if I can my hands on one to use. I haven't had to use this kind of tool before and I've removed quite a bit of wallpaper in my time in this house! However, I believe I double-glued this wallpaper and that is what is causing the problems. The top border came off pretty easily, leaving behind only a small amount of backing paper and that will roll right off once it's wetted down. If I had done a better job putting this paper up I would have papered right over it; but in some places I had overlapping seams and a little sloppy in places along the wood at the bottom of the wall. At any rate, this will give me an opportunity to finally do the walls the right way -- repair them and give them a really good coat of primer. When I did the walls back in 1990 I was running out of primer and stretched it out as much as I possibly could. Thus, parts of the walls didn't get coated very well. Sigh. Well, live and learn. And I'll get some exercise out of this 'exercise.'