February 16, 2011
The kitchen has been painted and I have pictures. But first, a little history.
From what my eyes tell me, most areas of our kitchen had wallpaper. Make that have – the owner prior to us painted over the existing wallpaper. Luckily, they did a good job. Having wallpaper on most of the walls in our kitchen gives us the advantage of smooth walls. Having smooth walls gives us the opportunity to paint more chalk walls.
Our nephews will love it. We’re not completely sure about it, but we think it’s pretty cool.
But first, the Before.
May 12, 2010
Of all the changes we’ve made to the house on Penny Lane over the last couple of months, we’ve come away with only one more mostly finished after: the master vanity.
Need a refresher on the history of our master vanity? Well, you can start here, where we attempted to remove the wallpaper. Then, move on to here, where we, again, attempted to remove the wallpaper. And finally, end here, where we decided to just paint over the wallpaper. I won’t go into much detail about the time between our last update on the vanity and now, but let’s just say we undid everything without the convenience of the edit command.
Two weeks ago, we had new tile installed which meant removing the old vanity to make room for the new floor-revealing, space-expanding vanity. A new vanity meant a new sink, which meant a new faucet and a new mirror. Suddenly, everything in the vanity area became new… except for the light fixture… But that’s ok, because somehow, that old, gold 70’s light fixture looks… how did you say it, Mark? Sprezzatura?
The sink and vanity are from IKEA. The faucet is from Overstock.com, by a company called Kingston Brass. The mirror was found at an antique store in Dallas (Dad, Ali? What was the store called?). I’d like to strip the paint off of the mirror to expose the dark wood frame, but Rob wants to leave it white. The wall paint is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray.
February 2, 2010
Ever since this post, we have been frustrated by our master bathroom. At the same time that our guest bathroom was getting a much needed face-lift by way of wallpaper removal, re-texturing and painting, our master bathroom sat one-third wallpapered, one-third bare, and one-third exposed gyp board core. The reason? Someone really wanted the wallpaper in the master bathroom to stay put. It was like one of those price stickers that comes with your new CD. You can get a piece of it peeled, but sooner or later, it’s going to separate from the rest of the sticker. You’ll keep peeling and peeling, but you’re just going to end up with lots of little sticky stickers stuck to your fingers.
After 2 hours of inch-by-inch peeling and only a square foot cleared, I was convinced that our master bathroom would remain vandalism-chic for longer than I could stand it. That’s when Rob came up to me and said, “Why don’t you just paint over it?”
So here we are, on the brink of another bathroom makeover. This one should be even more simple than the last considering it has about half the wall space as our guest bathroom.
Here’s a good “right now” shot and what we have been living with since October. It seems ridiculous just saying it.
And here’s a good “before” shot, complete with the previous owner’s furniture.
You’ll notice that the bathroom vanity is open to the bedroom and the toilet and shower are separated by a wall and door. At first, I thought I wanted to tear down that wall and put a door between the bedroom and vanity, but having lived with it for 5 months now, I think we can agree that the set up works for us. I can dry my hair in front of the mirror while Rob takes a shower and I don’t have to worry about the dampness counteracting my efforts. I do, however, hope to install a sliding barn door between the bedroom and the vanity for that much more privacy when we have guests over. Something along the lines of this:
You’ll also notice that the water closet is one of my least favorite colors – hunter/forest/dark green. I’m hoping I’ll feel energetic enough to paint over that at the same time as the vanity. Double the results, right?
October 5, 2009
Taylor’s soul has been released from the monstrous NCIDQ exam, so our home renovations are now kicking into full gear. Too bad it’s going to be 50 degrees and drizzly all week, which is perfect weather for watching Cheers and playing rounds of “In a Pickle”, the worst game I’ve ever played.
Last week we had a get together at our house with some friends from church, who were kind enough to help us start to tear down some wallpaper.
That’s the border in the bedroom coming down. I wasn’t sure if that was an old color underneath the border, or if it was like wearing a band-aid on your finger for a few weeks, and removing it to find pruny, discolored skin underneath.
You’ll have to forgive me for not posting lots of pictures of people working up a sweat as tons of progress was being made. While that did actually happen, I really didn’t want to be the dry as a bone guy with the camera saying “Hey, look at me so I can document this free labor I’m getting. Now, back to work!” That type of guilt ridden personality makes me a terrible, terrible journalist.
Oh yeah, and the country fried wallpaper has been cast from whence it came, leaving a sweet blank canvas in its place.
Nice. So hopefully the posts will start to pick up now that Taylor’s attention is shifting to the house. Which means you have plenty to look forward to. Don’t believe me? We got a new rug. Don’t make me devote a week of posts to it.
September 8, 2009
Here’s a quick example of what we mean by country. This is the wallpaper and shower curtains in the guest bathroom.
(Apparently the shower curtain in here is going to be one of the first thing’s to go, since it came crashing down about four minutes ago after we tried hanging some clothes off of it to dry.)
A collection of hat boxes and Sunday-best purses is not exactly what we would have chosen, but there are some things to like about the room. For instance, there’s a lot of storage space, which Taylor likes. And I like the lights, because when they’re off you can’t see the wallpaper so much.
And here’s a view from inside the shower…
Yeah, it’s wallpaper on the shower ceiling. Don’t be jealous just because you didn’t think of it first.