Saturday, March 21, 2009

DIY #3

(Above) This is the before shot. The wallpaper has needed to be removed for some time. We did about a third of the kitchen two years ago. But that was on the heels of removing wallpaper in three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and the dining room. Needless to say we were burned out. So The kitchen has been half wallpapered ever since.

This being spring break I took advantage of having the kids home and had them all spend 10 minutes a day peeling wallpaper. They were then rewarded with a chocolate. They did not seem to mind helping and it made the work go faster.

(Above) This is the wall all stripped as of this morning. Next step: painting to match the rest of the kitchen.

(Above) As you can see, I have a boring "brown sugar" color in there. With the pink counter tops there is little leeway left for wall color. I am considering a stencil though. Any ideas?

(Above) And the finished product. Yay!

Estimated time: 5 hours

Estimated cost: $6 for 1/2 gallon of paint I bought more than 2 years ago.

And the bonus: I asked Steve to get the paint out and stir it for me so I could use it. He got the wrong can out (white, not brown sugar). When I pointed out the error he decided to take advantage of having the white paint out and do the hallway!! Yippee! This is the start of another item on my DIY list. He also did the wall in the bathroom where we had had to redo some drywall (also another item on my DIY list). So I am feeling great today about all the accomplishments we got done around here.


  1. I am so impressed with your whole family helping out. I can't wait to see picts of the drywall project too. I am planning on doing the baseboards either Wed or Fri morning - would that work for you?

  2. I would just like to share the joy with you of WALLPAPER GONE. I felt so much better when all ours was gone.

  3. Wow...nice job! Stripping wallpaper is brutal.

  4. You should try vinyl in your kitchen, and have some really good, fun things. You could do birds randomly placed in your kitchen! I can't wait to see the final product!

  5. Looking GREAT! So excited that you are getting so much done!

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  7. Your amazing! I would love to help you out a little bit since I have a interior design back ground. There are so many neat ways to treat your walls these days. I love that you have taken off the wall paper and are going for a fresh painted look. Adding something with a stencil would be a nice added touch. But there are other things you can do. I have a few links on my new design blog here where you can find some neat wall treatments on their blogs. I also love seeing people take a border trim off the edges around the the pattern then put it up on the wall. Have to run ask me any thing you want I can find you information if you need it.

    Good luck and don't forget to share it all with us.


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