Thursday, January 14, 2010

A bit of irony

I find it amusing that underneath the wallpaper in the Shining Room, the original paint color closely resembled the pink I had chosen for my ill-fated 'circus nursery'.  Observe:

What a hoot!  (Don't tell anyone, but I do still like this color)

So the walls were in pretty good shape, we just did a bit 'o spackling and a little sanding to get them ready for primer.  However, the wood in the room looked like it had been ridden hard and put away wet.  And it probably had been wet many times since the house was built because there wasn't a storm door for the door to the deck:

Oh wait, there WAS.  It was sitting broken on the deck when we first walked through the house.  HELPFUL. 

There is some significant damage to the floor under the door because of water seepage.  Yeah, I said seepage. 

These poor baseboards haven't seen any TLC (or cleaner, or a broom) in a long time.

Don't worry though, we fixed them all up real nice.  Next post is all about primer!  Titillating!


  1. That is a familiar site. My baseboards are a travesty.

  2. The door is so awesome! I hope you can fix her up and reuse her. That is pretty funny that the walls are pink. I don't mind the color either, to be honest. Do cream trim and ceiling and you got yourself an awesome room! lol

  3. I can't wait! I can't wait!

    When I finally got around to painting the baseboards here (they were painted a beigey-white by the builder), the rooms looked brand new again. I just know the after pictures are going to be awesome.

  4. That is so funny! It means this house was meant to be yours!

    OK, so wallpaper question. We've got to take the wallpaper down in the guest bathroom and I've never taken down wallpaper before.

    I know you said this kind of crumbled away, but was it a total nightmare? Any advice?

  5. Meg, my best advice is to determine what kind of wallpaper it is. Most of ours in the house was painted over, so we needed a steamer to loosen it. Some wallpaper comes off in sheets, some comes off in little tiny pieces. I would see how it reacts to dry raping, then wet scraping with water and fabric softener or DIF, then steaming (you can use an iron with steamer function to check) and scraping, and pick the best method from there. You may be pleasantly surprised that it comes off easy. Although, I'm guessing since it's in a bathroom it is vinyl paper, which means the top layer will probably come off in sheets and then the remaining paper layer will be left. That can be wet down and scraped separately. And wash those walls three times at least, or you will have splotchy primer and paint!

  6. This is going to be another amazing makeover. I love me some seepage.

  7. Oh my gosh. Awesome advice, Sara. It sounds overwhelming, but I need to just jump in.


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