April 8, 2009

Living Room Strip

Filed under: House — maryparadox @ 10:58 pm

A house project that doesn’t have to do with the mini-bath? Craziness!

Now that the wall in the living room is finished we’ve started thinking about fixing up that room before we put our furniture back in. You’ve seen one wall of this room a lot, but here is the 360 degree view.

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So there you go. If you look closely you will see a few anomalies. First off, the wallpaper does not go all the way around the room. Second off the wall that is shared with the kitchen is painted a different color; it looks like primer.

The wallpaper is pretty hilarious, or awesome, depending on how you look at it. It is silver foil with black velvet stripes!! It would be cool except for the aforementioned incompleteness, and the fact that it is really delicate and therefore torn in many places.

This last Sunday I decided it was time to get rid of the wallpaper and prep for painting. My mom sent me these instructions for removing wallpaper, and it was way easier than I thought.

First you strip off the outer decorative layer, which is also the part that is water repellent.


Then you apply a solution of one part vinegar to two parts hot water to the remaining paper and glue. Soak the wall, let it site for a couple minutes, then scrape off the paper.


Unfortunately, after removing the outer layer of wallpaper from the wall behind the couch we found mold! Ewwwww!


Luckily I was able to find instructions for removing mold from lathe and plaster on the internet (how do I love thee). So we used a solution of water and bleach to clean that part of the wall.

Voilà (Peter teaches me french) no more mold! Now we just let it dry, sand, and paint! Oh yeah, and the important step of picking colors.


A gratuitous artsy shot of the wallpaper, because it was sort of beautiful.


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