Saturday, January 12, 2013

A most hated project becomes DIY

It's just after midnight, so even though the post says Saturday, to me, it's still Friday.  Tomorrow, I start the painting the kitchen project.  I got a couple of quotes to have pros do it, but it's much, much more expensive than I expected, so it's a DIY even though I detest painting!  Tomorrow is priming everything... then, it's time for the big commitment - the paint that will remain as long as I'm in the house.  I won't do it again, that's for sure!

The floor was redone about 2 years ago, and soon after, I painted the cabinets a nice Heavy Cream from Behr, and I've just been procrastinating on getting this part started (yeah, by 2 years.)  This is the 2nd time I've tackled a wallpaper removal project and the first time didn't go so well.  This time, comparatively, was a cinch!

In order to start this next step, I first had to remove some pretty awful wallpaper that was on every available space in the kitchen and hallway.  I hated this kitchen so much that I never really took any "before" pictures.  I don't like this picture of me at all (always have to take one on a straight hair day!), but it's the only one I can find with the whole wood/green/wallpaper thing going on.  Just to take it a step further, each cupboard door had a bead board insert that was also painted that green - inside the raised wood that you can barely see the edge of on the right.  Lovely!

On top of the green striped wallpaper in most of the kitchen and hallway, there was a border that I probably wouldn't have disliked by itself, but those damn stripes!

I learned a couple of things this time... last wallpaper removal project, we found "1950" written on the wall behind the paper.  That was in 2006.  Needless to say, that paper was coming off in scraps.  It was exciting to pull of a 2" piece at once.  This time was actually nothing compared to that.

Depending on when/how the paper was installed, of course, and assuming it's vinyl paper, there is no need to score and do all that other stuff that can damage your walls.  Peel the vinyl facing off of the wall, spray the left behind glue paper with this awesome WP Chomp solution you can get at any hardware store, and scrape away.  As long as I had sprayed enough and let it sit long enough, the glue paper came off in strips as large as the scraper was wide.


I have to say, it was a very easy and relatively quick project to complete.  And to think, I had been putting it off for 2 1/2 years because I was dreading what might be as I started to remove paper.  I've always done the score, soak or steam methods and this was just so, so much easier.

Once the painting is done, it's just finishing touches and my kitchen redo is complete!  Speaking of finishing touches, check out my Pinterest.  Which fan would you choose?

I can't wait to have it all done!

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