Yesterday afternoon my friend Ann, who drives (I do not) and loves Menard's as much as I do, met up with me and we went to - Menard's! I got my Dutch Boy paint/primer. When did paint get so damn expensive? Geez! Two gallons of the Family Tree (taupe) color and one gallon of the Superhide White (warm white) color. Three gallons cost me a little over $90. RIDICULOUS! And while it is primer/paint in one, when I mentioned that the walls had not been painted in YEARS and might suck up a lot of paint, the clerk recommended 2 coats. So where am I saving any labor? Prime first and then put on a coat of paint, or not separately prime and put on 2 coats of combined primer/paint. NOT SAVING ANY LABOR. Stupid moi -- I should have bought the regular satin finish paint without the primer in it and saved some $. I've got at least two gallons of primer sitting on the basement landing that I could have used. Well - will use anyway because the lower part of the walls will have to be primed before I put up the new wallpaper. DUH. Should have saved myself a few bucks on the white color, at the least, by getting a regular gallon of satin finish...
Picked up plastic drop clothes, rollers, etc. etc.
And then last night I started removing the wallpaper and border. The paper is not coming off clean in most areas. That means I will have to wet down the residue and scrape it off. YECH. The paper has also taken off parts of the drywall finish with it. That means I will have to spackle and fill, sand and prime before I can put up the new textured wallpaper. Unfortunately, more drywall finish is coming off than anticipated. More work. YECH.
I need to take everything off the bookshelves and put them somewhere (probably the garage) to get at the back wall, including pulling the entertainment center (which weighs a ton) away from the wall so I can get back there to work. YECH. Where am I going to put all of those books and memorabilia?
On a happier note, I have
I really got sick of looking and looking and looking at textured papers. The ones I finally decided I liked the best:
So, I looked at some "stripes" and stries, including a beadboard. Hated them all, particularly the beadboard (I'm just not a vertical chick, it seems). The advantage (so I thought) to a stripe or strie is that there would be no repeat to worry about, I could just cut the paper to size and slap those suckers up on the wall without worrying about pattern matching. That would save me ordering at least one extra "double-roll" because I would not have to be paranoid about matching and waste. I hated these the least:
|12" repeat! Say what? How can a strie have a repeat???|
|25" repeat. WHAT?|
this one and the middle one???
And so, I went back to the drawing board, and I think I am going to buy this one:
It has a 6-1/4" repeat which I'm not thrilled about but will waste a lot less paper and this large-"ivy leaf" pattern appeals to me much more than any stripe or strie I looked at. I looked and looked and looked and feel like my eyes are falling out right about now. ENOUGH!