It started when I had to remove border from my hallway and entry way. It took forever, but I finally got it all down, and got the two areas painted.
Now, I'm tackling my kitchen area. We have lived in this house for 6 years, and it is high time I get it looking like I want it! Fortunately, it was just border, and the entire walls weren't covered with this hideously ugly paper. Unfortunately, it was applied directly to the sheet rock. It tore the sheet rock up pretty bad as I took it off, and no amount of steam, wall paper remover solution, or gentleness would keep it from happening. Fortunately, I will be texturing the hell out of the walls, so I don't think it is going to be a big problem. Unfortunately, I still have at least one more room that is covered top to bottom in even uglier, pink flowered wall paper. (Hey, the 80's were great...I am a 80's product, but really, its time to move on...)
Hopefully I will be able to post pictures frequently, and it won't take too long for me to accomplish the look I am going for. I'm going pretty bold with one part of the wall...I am painting the tiles on the backsplash a bright red!! A little bold and daring? Yeah, but that is me! I will also be painting my cabinets, and replacing the hardware!
I can't wait to see the finished product, and the entire kitchen and dining room pulled together. And, like always, I'm doing this as inexpensively as possible. I'm not even buying all the things I need until next weekend, when the store has their 40% off sale! $40,000 kitchen redo? Yeah, right. I hate owing people money, and refuse to take a loan out just to redo a room. I will keep a running tab of how much it costs! At this point, I have only spent $5 bucks on joint compound and a spackle knife, and that was spent back in the Spring when I redid the entry way, but I also know I will be needing a new stove, and possibly new counter tops (maybe just laminate?!).
|I started tearing off the wall paper before I remembered to take a picture! See how ugly!?|
|Border gone, texture up!! (Sorry about the mess!)|
|One view of the dining room, which also had border. Texture is already up!|
|Dining room entry into the living room.|
Day 1 accomplishments - border removed, glue sanded off, holes patched
Day 1 cost - $5