I KNOW! I’ve been extremely reticent about the goings-on in these-here-parts recently. But I promise it’s because I’m a super mommy neglecting her blogging duties and not because I’m a total lazy ass. To be perfectly honest, I think I’m plagued by adult-onset ADHD triggered by the over abundance of oxytocin and prolactin surging through my body. I have at least a half-dozen unfinished projects staring at me with earnest eyes saying “Pick me, pick me!” every day. My MO has been to ignore these pleas in favor of starting new projects that are oblivious to my apathetic attitude toward achieving domestic bliss.
So, in celebration of my newfound hyperactivity – while I have a stencil project in the foyer started, a new rug in the master bedroom I haven’t told you about, a vanity without hardware or the perfect chair and two other projects from my New Year’s Resolution list that I haven’t even started - I’d like to talk to you about WALLPAPER removal!
Yes, the ivy has gone away. The shot below is the front room in my house that I decided should be a playroom for my son. It actually had two patterns of wallpaper, but the ivy was the uglier of the two so it got a spot on the wallpaper X list.
When my son started to ignore his bazillion brightly colored toys in favor of tearing off and eating loose pieces of wallpaper, I decided it was time to get rid of it.
WARNING: If you have a lot of wallpaper in your house and are looking for an efficient way to remove it, what you are about to read may disturb you. This is NOT a tutorial on wallpaper removal. There are better methods out there. What you are about to read is a result of my desperation to remove the wallpaper without having to buy any new gadgets or liquid removers, or to leave the house in order to buy said items.
So last week I started to peel the white, crackle wallpaper down. It came off in big lovely sheets, leaving behind only a trace of the sticky backing where the wallpaper glue had been applied. A quick spray with a fabric softener/hot water solution and I also was able to peel the sticky backing off with ease. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you know this was not the case with the ivy wallpaper.
I was able to peel the patterned part of the ivy paper off in one inch square pieces. Then what was left of the sticky backing required not one spray, but two or three soaking sprays, before it would budge. I had to use a plastic spackle tool to scrape the backing paper from the wall, even though it was thoroughly saturated two or three times. After all of this, a lot of the wallpaper was still stuck to the walls.
This was taking way too long. The ivy wallpaper, which covered one of the four walls in the room, was taking longer to remove than the other three walls combined. My son was getting restless. He could tell I was distressed and exhausted, so he began to help by splashing his hands in the fabric softener that soaked the walls. When he realized he wasn’t being all that helpful, he admitted defeat by licking the fabric softener off the walls and climbing up behind me on the step ladder. Needless to say, I’m really glad I chose to forgo using fabric softener on his clothes because of all those horrible toxins that would certainly cause his skin to burst instantly into flames upon contact….Did I mention how much I love those Heart Felt dryer balls?
With all of the licking of fabric softener going on, I decided to switch to a white vinegar/hot water solution instead. Although this didn’t make things go much faster, the switch to white vinegar did make me feel better about my son’s continued viability. I plugged away until I got about 85% of the ivy removed. My husband finished the rest when he got home from work. Teamwork, rah!
The next morning I scrubbed the walls with all my might to get rid of the excess glue so the walls were ready for my painter to slather on a few coats of this gorgeous green. Have I mentioned I love my painter? I love her because she’s fast, perfect and a lady! I love her even more so because she has a daughter who will sometimes come over to play with my son while she paints so I have time to myself to thoughtfully ignore all of my unfinished projects in favor of drinking Kombucha while I surf Pinterest for 1st birthday party decoration ideas. But the reason I love her most of all…because she PAINTS, so I don’t have to!! And she resurrects nasty trim and beat crown molding like a F&*K*%^ boss.
The paint is called Covington Blue by Benjamin Moore. It’s green, of course.
Despite the overcast day here, I managed to capture a shot that is true to the color. I absolutely love it. It’s similar to the color in my son’s nursery, but just a bit darker and more sophisticated.
We are going to put a TV on this wall between the windows. I’m thinking I’d like a media cabinet with lots of low storage for the baby’s toys.
On the opposite wall will be a new sectional-ish sofa I picked out from Crate & Barrel. It will take 8-10 weeks for the custom sofa to be delivered so I will talk more about my thoughts on picking this particular sofa on another day since I have a lot of time to kill between now and when the sofa actually arrives (maybe I will finish the foyer stencil by then?).
Before I ordered the sofa, I used blue painters’ tape to mark off its footprint. This is a really helpful trick to help visualize furniture in your space. The worst thing you can do is customize furniture and find out it doesn’t fit quite right (Say it with me now: non-re-fund-able.). The depth of a piece always throws me; so even if you know a piece will fit lengthwise, using this trick will avoid headaches with a piece that would end up overwhelming or obstructing the walkways through your space because it’s too deep.
This is the only area of our first floor that we can barricade with baby gates. As a stay at home mom, it’s really nice to know the baby is confined to a safe area without having to have my eyes on him every single second of the day. My sanity and my bladder give thanks to the almighty baby gate. When I’m all done this space is going to be the perfect place for my son to play and for the rest of the family to relax.
And have I mentioned how great this color looks off of the foyer?! So delish. No, your eyes do not deceive you; yes, the ceiling is green as well. It’s called Italian Ice Green by Benjamin Moore. I love a painted ceiling, don’t you?
I have to get drapery panels, window hardware, end tables, ottomans, an area rug, a media unit and lots of clever storage pieces. We are also installing overhead lights. If I continue with my current blogging schedule, I’m sure I wont find the time to talk to you about any of my shopping. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I promise I will show you the room when it’s done!
I think I will focus on the rug first. Black & white graphic pattern or something colorful?
Oh, look, a squirrel!