Recently I stumbled upon some old blog posts from the early days when this blog was first starting, and I was shocked to see this. I had almost forgotten from where this house started!
I joke that it looked like a crack house. That was an understatement once the wallpaper started coming down.
(Please ignore the poor quality….all I had were crappy cell phone pics back then!).
I know–close your mouth.
I’m just as shocked as you are! LOL
Shortly after we settled on the house, we realized we were going to have to get to work in making this house move-in ready. Every surface was covered in wallpaper. And when I say every surface, I mean every surface (thank God not the ceiling!).
I was this over-zealous 32-year-old that thought just because I could paint a wall, I could renovate a whole house.
HA! Oh, the joke….
I remember the moment so clearly: standing with my husband in this upstairs hallway, not sure how we were even going to tackle this house, possibly suffering from Buyer’s Remorse at this point.
And the next thing I did was take the PaperTiger wallpaper scoring tool….
…and just started scoring the wallpaper. There was no plan of attack. We just started.
And once we started, we couldn’t stop.
I ran that baby over the wallpaper, puncturing holes in the paper, just hoping it would be the solution to easily removing wallpaper.
It was probably 10 p.m. at this point, and we had no intention of doing anything so late. After all, my mother-in-law was watching our two boys (Kojo hadn’t been conceived yet). We didn’t want to stay out too late. But once I picked up that tool, the challenge was on: to remove all the wallpaper in this upstairs hallway!!! It just had to go.
When we pulled off wall plates and outlet covers, we were greeted by years worth of gunk. Ewwwww!!!
What in the world did we buy?!?!
We worked feverishly for at least 4-5 hours, breaking the little wallpaper removal tool on this tough vinyl wallpaper, and just started ripping shreds of it.
It was such a slow and tedious job, I never wanted to look at wallpaper again! Hence the reason I say wallpaper should be banned.
We finally realized that just spraying the walls with water softened the glue and paper backing from the vinyl wallpaper and made removal so much easier!
We loved using the Rust-Oleum Paper Scraper, although it did gouge the wall in some places, but the walls were going to have to be skim-coated anyhow, which is where you use a putty knife and skim joint compound over the surface to fill in any holes or gouges (I’ll do a tutorial on that later for all of you wanting to know how to remove wallpaper and repair the walls afterwards).
It was such a mess, as you can see here!
It wasn’t until probably 2 a.m. or later that the walls were scraped and scrubbed clean. And we still had the stairwell to come back to do!
Here’s what my hallway looks like now. They’re not the greatest pics because of the quality of light in the dark hallways, but you can clearly see the improvement.
The walls are painted Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
Don’t Forget Where You Started
The point of sharing this story with you is to remind you not to forget where your home started.It’s only when I look back over these old grainy pics and see where we started that I realize just how far we’ve come in this house.
It was only when I looked back over these old grainy pics that I realized just how far we’ve come in this house.
I wonder if you ever feel that way, too?
It’s easy to get frustrated because you’re not moving as quickly as you’d like to turn your home into your oasis.
For example, this was our master bedroom when we moved in.
It took 4 years for me to turn it into this. Four years!!
(P.S. Click here for more info about these parts of this room
- the crown molding
- the stenciled vintage dresser
- the thrifted lamp
- the custom tiled black table
- the vintage dresser with books
- the Sherwin Williams Rainwashed paint
But when you keep in mind where your home started, you can feel good about what you’ve done so far, instead of beating yourself up that you haven’t gotten done as much as you’ve wanted.
The day we did our final walk-through before going to closing, this is what I had written about this house:
“Tonight we did our final walk-through on our new house. Can I just say that I’m even more sure that I love and want this house?? The moment of total elation was when my son opened the door and excitedly ran through the backyard. Magical! It only solidified my decision that we bought the right house. This house just feels right, like it’s a house waiting to become a home.”
We all have to trust our guts that we made the right decision in buying our homes, even if it hasn’t been all rosy!
We have to remember where we started and think about how much progress we’ve made!
Where You Are Today?
Quick–go snap some pictures of your home. Don’t bother cleaning up before you do it. Just take pics! One year from now….two years from now….pull out those pics and see how much your home has changed and how much progress you’ve made in decorating and improving it. Then will we give ourselves pats on the backs at a job well done.
So have you ever pulled out old pictures of your home and compared where it is today to where it used to be? How has it changed? Leave a comment below and let’s talk about this!