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!
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan