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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.

Woohoo!

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 II: Going Downhill

Let’s just say I’m glad I started with the dining room. At least I started off with a false sense of hope rather than no hope at all. (Right?) If I had started in the kitchen my outlook would have been pretty bleak.

Okay. Prepare your eyeballs. Put on some sunglasses. Do whatever you need to do when you’re about to look at something pretty blindingly amazing because I am about to reveal our kitchen wallpaper.

I’m not sure if I know how to even describe what this wallpaper looked like. There were giant hills and little cafe tables with coffee and bistro chairs. There were crazy trees with magical fruit and hot air balloons.

I am sure somebody loved this wallpaper. I have witnessed first-hand the attention that goes into a choice like that (thanks Mom). However, that somebody wasn’t us.

So I began. At first I was quite excited. The wallpaper was thick and vinyl-ish like the dining room wallpaper and peeled right off to reveal the brown backing paper, which I could scrape away quite easily with my vinegar/water spray mixture and scraper.

But alas. All good things must come to an end.

I quickly learned that the “white walls” underneath the backing were a big, fat lie. There was another layer of wallpaper. But, it had been painted over. *Cue scary music*

Lesson #1: Never, never, never paint over wallpaper. It’s easily to take down. You are only incurring bad house karma by doing this.

So I slowly began to chip away at the painted over wallpaper. The water/vinegar mixture only seemed to make the paint layer over the top very slippery. So I got out my metal scraper and chipped away tiny piece by tiny piece. Sometimes I would spray with my mixture; the rest of the time I would cry in the corner. Okay, it wasn’t that depressing. But, it did take me 2 solid days of chipping away before we got to this gorgeous, lovely, beautiful sight!

Okay, that is a gross exaggeration.

Then I washed the walls with a sponge dipped in hot water and vinegar. I also sprayed the walls and used my scraper to get off the wallpaper glue.

Basically, this room was a hot mess. But salvageable. : )

That mustard creamsicle color was like a subset gone wrong. To lift my spirits I rolled a little primer on to the walls. To lift the spirits. (I used Zinsser All-Purpose Primer. Left over from the cabinets. I will get to that later.)

Well, she’s still pretty ugly. But at least she’s a far cry from where we started.

In review, the supplies needed:

– hot water/vinegar mixture (sort of)
– metal scraper
– sponge
– will power
– Miranda Lambert on repeat. To keep the will power coming.

I thought this was my last room that I was removing wallpaper from. At least it’s the only other room we thought had wallpaper in it. Have you noticed I’m using the word thought instead of knew. There’s a big difference.

That’s why there will be a Part III of this wallpaper saga….

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
scraper

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*

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night

We’ve been saying goodbye to a lot of things ’round these parts lately.

Goodbye wallpaper!

Goodbye wall!

Goodbye cement blocks!

Goodbye pseudo-western, fake hammered iron hardware everywhere in my house!

Goodbye 1970’s built in bench!

And y’all don’t come back again! Ya hear?