Blogging has to be THE most motivational experience.
I told you guys I was finally going to get started working on the kitchen and putting that resolution “on paper” was absolutely instrumental in driving me to actually begin. I can’t bear to disappoint – you guys keep me accountable. 😉
So because I told you I was going to strip the paper off the walls, and believe me – for that reason alone, I actually started, persevered, and finished stripping that darn paper off the walls.
Thanks to you.
I love you.
Remember the kitchen “before” pictures?
Here we are two weeks, 16+ hours of wallpaper stripping, and 20+ episodes of Bones on Netflix later:
Allow me to introduce you to my wallpaper stripping tools – my new best friends and worst enemies:
Three simple supplies – dish soap, spray bottle (this was not in fact full of Perfect Bathroom cleaner – it was empty, so I reused it because I am cheap green), putty knife.
I’ll describe the method that worked best for me, even though I would be surprised if you ever find yourself in the exact same situation.
I filled the spray bottle with hot water from the sink and added in some dish soap. The paper on the wall was in two layers – the brown paper decoupaged on top, and a manila-yellow lining paper beneath.
First, I stripped off as much brown paper as I could by finding an edge and sliding my putty knife beneath it. Then I sprayed a section of the wall liberally with hot soapy water (being careful to avoid water running into outlets or switches – I used a dishtowel to catch any runs above those) and let it sit for a minute or two. Once soaked, the brown paper was fairly easy to peel off, leaving the lining paper behind. Then I re-sprayed the lining paper with hot soapy water, let it sit, and scraped it off with the putty knife.
The drywall beneath is a mess, as you can tell from these pictures. I still need to wash the remaining glue residue off and do a lot of spackling. (Ugh: my favorite part… #sarcasm)
But look how much brighter the kitchen is now!*
*This is a polite way for you to affirm my hard work and the fact that a change has taken place in the kitchen without actually being forced to say it looks better. You’re welcome.
So the next step is getting these walls ready to paint the lovely gray-green-blue color from my kitchen moodboard. It’s Pensive Sky by Behr.
So that I can begin working on refinishing the cabinets. So I can replace the countertops. So I can install the sink/faucet. So I can build the range hood. So I can tile the backsplash… It goes on and on. But I can’t wait to keep working on this all as soon as I get back from Haven (it starts this Thursday you guys!).
Thank you for keeping me motivated, you guys! All my love,