One more room down! We’re well on our way to getting all the wallpaper removed from this house. Because the dining room is a major “flow” room (you go through it to get anywhere), I felt it was the best choice for my next project. So again, I started in the afternoons and evenings – removing strip by strip of wallpaper. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. First, here is what it looked like when we bought our house.
We removed the carpets before we even moved in, so that we could enjoy the beautiful hardwood floors. Originally, this room was not on the top of our list for renovation. The wallpaper wasn’t offensive and was actually similar to our decorating color palette. But after an unfortunate spill in the bathroom right above, the ceiling had stains on it. I always noticed them, and soon this became a top priority for me.
So back to the “during phase… It was about two weeks of afternoons and evenings getting all the wallpaper off. This particular wallpaper was almost like vinyl. So we pulled the top layer off first to then be able to steam the backing and scrape it off. The kids loved pulling the top layer off. And Jeremy’s height proved helpful again.
The hardest part of this process was getting around that air conditioner you see in the picture above and below. It was so hard to get in the corner – with my scraper, with a paintbrush, with anything. That air conditioner was my nemesis this time around. (Although the glue was pretty awful too!)
After painting the ceiling and priming the whole room, we were ready to go. I started painting the bottom Friday after work. And since I was in the mode and had all the paint out, Jeremy and I decided to just go ahead and finish that section and add an additional project… The stairs down to the basement. They are right off the dining room, so by painting the stairwell the same color (Benjamin Moore’s Old Prairie) as under the chair rail, we’re keeping the color flow.
We were up until midnight, but it was so worth it. Going down the stairs to the basement is much more pleasant now. A new light switch and the paint make all the difference! Even though we were sore from all the glue scraping, priming and painting, we had to push through the next day. Not only was Jeremy’s birthday coming up, but we were having people over for the Superbowl, so I definitely wanted it done by then.
Another whole day of painting above the chair rail (Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter), and voila! A finished room. Then it was time for the finishing touches. New curtains (IKEA), a new rug (Ballard Designs), and moving some pictures around. We are so happy with the result, although we feel it is a little more sophisticated than any other room we have. What do you think?
It was a tough redo (on our arms and shoulders), but so worth it in the end. Can’t wait to have many more breakfasts, dinners, celebrations, game nights, homework triumphs, holidays and conversations in this room. Come on over and join us!