A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Is it Houseburn?

Remember when you were a sun-worshipper in your (foolish) younger days and you’d lie out in the sun way too long, slathered with baby oil, lemon juice in your hair trying so hard to be as blond as you were at age five? No? Oh wait, I guess that was me.

Nevertheless, I’m sure you’ve had a bad sunburn at some point in your life, where once the burn finally subsided your skin would start peeling and you just couldn’t resist picking away at it? It was sooo satisfying when you could peel a big piece of skin off your arm, wasn’t it?! (What? Too much information? Aw, c’mon, you know you’ve done it too!)2008011701.jpg

Well, that’s my bedroom wall. What started out as a 3-inch paint chip down to the plaster, has turned into this monster. I couldn’t resist any longer! Interestingly enough, there is some ugly flower wallpaper in here. Some of this came off really easy where the paper-backed wallpaper had no glue left —— like nice big pieces of house-skin. 2008011702.jpgI figured it’s going to have to be scraped at some point, so why not start now and do it in small doses?

I’m finding a lot of dark green and teal green as the first paint color throughout the house. This room has the bluish teal green on top of the wallpaper, then an ugly beige, and it’s all off-white after that. The third bedroom has a more forest green below the chair rail and then a medium green above it. The living room seems to have the medium green as well. I’m guessing that the house has been bathed in off-white since the ’60s though. I’d say it’s high time we spice things up a bit!


  1. Nate on January 17, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    I like the analogy. Have fun peeling back the layers.

  2. casacaudill on January 17, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    that happened to us. oh, we’ll just pull down this extra layer of popcorn over the plaster. ha! good luck.

  3. denise on January 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I have a feeling that this isn’t going to be quite as much fun—I sense a little sarcasm from casacaudill! 🙂 In any case, it’s got to be done, fun or not.

  4. Derek on January 19, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    It’s hard to resist the peeling, but sometimes it’s best left alone. We peeled our hallway off, then we just had wall paper glue over plaster, for a year. Our kids picked at the wall paper in the kitchen, so we took that wall off, and it’s probably been a year.

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