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An Inspired Dining Room (And Beadboard Wallpaper Returns!)

Right after we bought this house I came across this photo in a magazine. I don’t know what magazine it was out of and it, clearly, has been wrinkled and stored for a little while from this photograph I took of it.

I love it! I love the crisp white cabinets and warm, farmhouse wood that creates casual, cozy eating spaces like this.

Does the layout look familiar to you? It did to me!

(Our dining room when we bought the house)

After I stripped the metallic leafy wallpaper (which you saw here), took down the cabinet doors for refinishing (which I have yet to do… la la la) and painted the cabinet bases (Valspar Swiss Coffee). Break out the singing angels!

(*ahhh! Crisp color!)

This room needed a serious color infusion. We ended up choosing Behr’s Dried Palm (satin finish). It was the fastest/easiest paint decision we have made yet.


During the day I was describe it as Juicy Pear. At night I would describe it as Sage-y Lime. I love it. It’s perfect with blues, yellows and whites in the summer and will be great with cranberry and evergreen in the winter.

The next step was *drumroll* BEADBOARD WALLPAPER! Remember I posted about beadboard wallpaper here? Well, I ordered a roll and I L-O-V-E it.

I still need to add the corner rounds and (obviously) the hardware and cabinet doors, but we are one step closer.

(Sidenote: The chandelier in the dining room is ginormous. I can’t take a picture in this room without getting at least one or two swoopy arms in the way.)

I will follow up in another post all with a full disclosure review of the beadboard wallpaper. Overall, it was great and easy to use.

Decorating magazines or online sources like Pinterest are a great way to find inspirational rooms that will have similar architectural characteristics as your own home.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

How to Remove Wallpaper – Part I

My Mom was big into the wallpaper back in the day. I remember helping my Dad take down and put up paper quite a few times. I remember going to the wallpaper store (do they even have these anymore?) and looking through all the kids wallpaper books while my Mom browsed through all the options.

I think it started with my childhood bedroom. My Dad, little brother and I raced around my yellow bedroom tearing down the paper while my Mom was grocery shopping. We wanted to surprise her.

Fast forward.

My husband and I bought our first house. This first house had a few rooms with wallpaper that really needed to go.

Here is a photo of our dining room wallpaper in all it’s 80s, mauve, metallic leaf glory.

This was the first room that we decided to tackle.

Tools Needed:

1 spray bottle
white vinegar
hot water

Take your spray bottle. Fill it 2/3 of the way with hot water.

Fill the last 1/3 with white vinegar.

All you need to do is spray it on the paper and let it sit for a minute. Then use the scraper (if possible I like to use plastic to protect the drywall).

You can use the scraper to start pulling up the edges.

If all goes well, this will happen:

Once I got a little piece away from the wall I just pulled it with my hands and the whole piece came off.

One solid piece.

Okay, I should probably warn you. That never happens. Never.

But for this room it did. Woo hoo!

Once I stripped the room of all the paper I needed to wash the walls. To do this I just used my hot water/vinegar solution (2/3 water to 1/3 vinegar) and used a sponge.

Some people like to use steamers, but I don’t like them. They explode really hot water all over your hands. Some other people like to get the chemical solutions from Home Depot. I would recommend starting with hot water and vinegar. It worked like a charm for this room.

If you’re having trouble with the paper you could always buy a scouring tool to perforate the paper and allow the water/vinegar solution to soak in deeper.

And that was it.

Shouldn’t it feel more complicated than that?

Well, the next room wasn’t so easy. That’s why this is only Part I.

To be continued… *cue scary music here*