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What Happened to Those Walls?

I closed the door and let a wildebeest loose, no a tiger.  That would be a great story!  Unfortunately, not the case.  This is what I did to the office walls while removing two layers of wallpaper and one layer of grass cloth.

 I was panicked.  Mild mannered Justin did not look phased and told me to keep going.  He said he could mud it.  I don’t know if I moved too fast or if it is just the result of 40 years worth of wallpaper.  I think some of it has to do with my scoring ability.  I will spend a lot more time on that part in the next room.  Either way I left a mess.

Justin said in the beginning it would probably be easier to cut out the drywall and just replace it!  That seemed crazy to me.   It may have been just as much work by the time we mud, prime and paint, but certainly not cheaper.  I am hoping I learned some lessons on this room that will not be repeated in the family room.

Just so you don’t think I’m exaggerating to save face, here are the multiple layers:

Grass cloth and first layer of wallpaper

I was surprised to find this lovely yellow, orange and green wallpaper!
Wallpaper #2As much as I would like to spin a tall tale about how the walls came to look the way they did when I left them last night, I might as well tell the truth.  Who is going to believe me about a wildebeest.  Now maybe if I switched to a racoon, that would be believable!

The Final Countdown

3 days.  That is all that’s left until we embark upon this new journey of ours.  To say there is a mix of excitement and nervousness would not do our emotions justice.  There is so much we are looking forward to and so much that may knock our socks off!

We have lofty goals for the first month.   Justin works full-time, I work part-time, school starts back mid August and we do plan on doing all of this list ourselves or with the help of family!

Our closing date is July 29th and before August 29th we want to accomplish the following:

1-) Remove the glorious popcorn from all 2400 sqft of the house and replace it with ceilings as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

2-) Remove the majority of the carpet, laminate, linoleum and replace it with something.  I’m struggling with this, our budget and my dream list.

3-) Remove grass cloth from walls in 2 rooms

4-) Paint, Paint, Paint

Then we will move in and continue to work our way through our dreams and necessities.

I think I am leaning towards a glossy black front door and shutters.  The inside color that keeps coming back to the top is a light green / lime color.  If the inside main color is that bold then I think the door may need to be a little less in your face!  What do you guys think?

Tomorrow I’m gonna tackle a little  sewing project with my girls.  We had planned on going to the water park, but it sounds as if it might rain.  The project involves this great fabric.  I will post pictures and steps for everyone!  Any guesses as to what I’m going to DIY?  Wish me luck!

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