Sweating the 80’s aka Painting Things: Part 2 of 3267

As you may have been able to tell – there was some pretty groovy wall-paper in this house. Most notably in the dining room and master bedroom upstairs. It had to go.

Here’s a close up of the dining room in all its glory.

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Yeah – it was shiny/metallic with hummingbirds. Not really our taste. And like the living room, all the trim was off-white. I’m pretty sure that it started out off-white but this room was also the room with the most nicotine stains on the walls/trim/ceiling. It was gross. We really got to enjoy this while steaming the wallpaper off.

Let me back up a bit. I DREADED taking off wallpaper. Everyone tells you that it is the worst project to tackle. So I spent a lot of time looking at videos online and reading what worked best for other crazy folks. And even had someone come out to give me a quote on what it would cost them to remove the wallpaper and repair any damage underneath. Long story short – the quote was more than we wanted to spend for 3 rooms (although Spoiler Alert for one of the rooms alone we should have paid for someone else to do it because the walls are REALLY bad underneath.) So, I purchased a steamer which can be used for cleaning all the things as well as having an attachment for wallpaper for about $70 on Amazon. Here are some more before shots of the dining room for you.

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Again – things we love about this room:

  • The built in hutch. Its not actually very practical but its pretty.
  • The big windows. We immediately took off the storm windows (thats whats creating the stained glass look. Its not real. And its ugly. They all went away.
  • French doors into the living room. We only close these to cage our child into the main room, but they’re pretty. But have been a pain to paint. I have been living with green frog tape on them for probably 2 months now.

The great news with the wallpaper was there was only one layer (miracle of miracles!) and it came off really easily with the steamer. Just stick that baby to the wall (the steamer, not our real baby) for 20 seconds at a time and scrape away and it came right off! And the walls underneath were in great shape. No worse than the plaster in the living room. We soon learned not to expect the same result anywhere else.

Fun fact – I have no in progress pictures of removing the wallpaper. But here is what the walls looked like when we were done.

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Not bad. Not pretty, but no major problems to speak of. And then we lived like this for a long time. We even hung art.

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So we decided to throw a house-warming party and I was determined to get this room painted and the furniture put in place as I figured it would be where a lot of people would congregate and munch on food.  So off to the paint store I went.

I’ve had grand ideas about this room that may play out in the future, but for now we just wanted it to feel cozy and warm and a place our friends and family want to sit and eat and drink and chat for hours on end. So I found a bold blue that is similar in shade to the grey of the living room, but definitely more blue on the color scale. Say hello to Benjamin Moore’s Normandy and is one of their 2014 Color Trends!

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Hey, it looks like a dining room now!

Plus all the trim got several coats of bright white paint as well.

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The grey in the foreground is the living room, so you can see the colors in certain light almost look the same, but are actually fairly different in person.

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There are plenty of things that still need to be done in here. The ceiling needs to be primed and painted. That light fixture needs to go. And long-term we’ll probably pick out a new table, but the one we have works great for now. This room is large and could handle some more furniture. I’d love more storage for our china and extra serving-ware that is still in boxes in what we lovingly refer to as the crazy room.  But its a functional, clean space that has had some new life inserted into it. It was time to shake off the bad perm and join 2014.


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