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What’s Wrong with this Picture?

2008012801.jpgIt’s day six of getting dressed in the kitchen. I am so ready for this to be over! Despite most of the furniture being covered in plastic, there is a fine layer of dust over absolutely everything —— kind of like when you come home from the beach and you’re thinking, “Whoa, how did sand get there?”. There was no use cleaning anything until they were completely done sanding, which (hurrah!) is today.

And it’s not just the strippers who are making a mess: we are also to blame. Yes, I confess, another Saturday afternoon, another day with the paint scraper. I figured, the walls are covered in dust, so instead of cleaning them, why not just scrape it off and be done with it? I finished two walls of the bedroom on Saturday —— all of which came off pretty easily: the one and only time I will ever say “I love wallpaper!”


On Sunday while Pete dug out loose plaster from the cracks in the living room and dining room I attacked the other two bedroom walls. Pete was off today so he started wiping down the walls and scraping the leftover paper bits. Unfortunately it’s going slower than the initial scraping went (you knew it wasn’t going to be that easy, right?).

We’ve also been doing a bunch of research regarding the plaster walls. Greg at The Petch House has been extremely helpful, as have the written experiences of many other fellow housebloggers.

As novices to plaster, we’re a little hesitant to take on the many cracks AND the textured walls of our living room and dining room ourselves, however we’re also feeling the crunch to get it done sooner rather than later since all the furniture has been moved out of the way already. The window coverings are waiting to be installed and the dining table will be delivered soon. It would make a lot of sense to paint before those arrive.

So we had a plasterer over this afternoon to give us a quote on the two rooms. He said that with the amount of cracks, they’d have to completely re-do the texture on the walls, otherwise we can just have them done smooth. Since it’d be easier to fix future cracks on smooth walls, we’d opt for smooth over texture. Fingers crossed that it’s reasonable, and then I swear, that will be it for spending a chunk of change for a while. In the meantime, look at our beautiful Hallway o’ Doors!



  1. Sarah on January 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Yay for easier-than-expected wallpaper removal! Getting the little bits of glue and paper off is the worst part – it’s sooo time consuming. Looks great so far, though!

    The doors and trim in your hallway are beautiful, by the way!

  2. Margaret on January 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    The doors are absolutely lovely. Wallpaper removal can be quite a chore (especially if there are layers and layers of wallpaper, as often happens in older houses). Looking good, though!

  3. denise on February 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks Sarah and Margaret! Yes, this is why I despise wallpaper. I spent waaay too much time taking it down in my previous house — some of it came off easily, but the rest of it was a bitch! I think there should be a law that the previous owner must remove all signs of wallpaper if the new owners demand it, don’t you? 🙂

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