When we were considering buying this house I specifically recall the subject of the wallpaper coming up as a negative. Oh – but come on – you don’t buy a house based on wallpaper/paint – that is so easy to change. Right. It’s a good thing we love this house so much and we’re in a terrible economy because after going to bed at 3:30 am on Sunday night, with only most of the kitchen de-wallpapered, I was ready to sell. Or live with it. Super, incredibly shabby chic. Half wallpaper, half-not – it’s the new exposed brick wall, right? Right? Bueller?
Tom says this all started because of the garbage disposal. In a way, I guess he’s right. We have been talking about re-doing our kitchen since we moved in, but we knew it was a long way off because of the cost involved and we weren’t sure if we wanted to do it in pieces or just all at once. Besides, we’ve had plenty of projects to keep us busy while we mulled it over. But then the disposal broke – and it seemed like a good time to go ahead and buy a new sink. Once the new sink was in, it seemed like a good time to buy a new dishwasher since ours was literally falling apart. And then it seemed like maybe we could actually afford to replace the carpet and flooring in the kitchen/dining/living rooms, and if we were going to do that, we definitely needed to paint the dining room and living room, and if we were going to do that, why not just suck it up and take the wallpaper down in the kitchen so we could paint.
So. That has been our last couple weeks. We had deadlines (that, granted, were self-imposed) so it did get a little stressful and crazy in the Schroeder house, and our kids have watched more television than the kid in Where The Sidewalk Ends that turns into a TV set (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should – get that book right now) just so we could actually get things done in the compressed time-frames. And we almost did it! Almost. Tom and I were both feeling pretty guilty about the kids being entertained by a tube all day so we took Sunday and went out looking for new appliances – getting out of the house, and making a few fun pit-stops for the kids a long the way (lunch at Costco! – which is genuinely exciting for us! – and it was Sample Day!). It did mean that we didn’t start on the kitchen until about 9 that night though, and I didn’t even start to insist on helping (I don’t think Tom trusts my wallpaper removal skills – plus, we only have one steamer) until he was 3 hours in to it.
So it’s not done, but the majority is down, and it means a lot less mess will end up on the new floors that were put in over the last two days. Of course we have a lot going on the next couple weeks so we’ll see how long it takes to actually get it removed and paint up. And of course after the paint is done, we really need to do the cabinets next…
(There is loud music on and we were crazy tired – you might have to turn the volume up to hear the mumblings but it gives you an idea of our night – we kept going for 3 1/2 hours after that)