Wednesday, August 17, 2011

One Demolition At A Time

Our kitchen looks like Beirut. Husband decided enough about the comments on how the wallpaper is a throwback from 1952 and just started tearing it off.

TSP and a rented steamer later, we're looking at walls where plaster has come off and what was going to be an easy painting project is now a little more complicated. We're talking broken drywall and talks about re-taping and re-mudding.

Look what we had to remove, the valences and the lovely wallpaper.

And I don't like complicated. I, like many in my species, run in the opposite direction when it comes to anything complex. *Sigh* So now we have a torn up kitchen and very sad looking walls. I don't even know what color to paint it.

Fortunately for me, I've been pinning ideas on Pinterest, bookmarking sites online, and scouring places like Better Homes And Gardens online.

Painted Beadboard Backsplash ~ from

There's that beadboard again, but this time, it's painted in this muted mint green and I love it! And this colorful tiled backsplash, not sure if I like it or not, but I can't stop looking at it!

How about subway tile in an olive green color? Okay, we're nowhere near tiling or anything like that. We just wanted to get rid of that wallpaper!

And here's another lesson I've learned. Take your time. Even if we downsized and we do everything ourselves, we still have to be careful not to dump all our efforts, time and money into this house of ours.

This is a huge lesson for me, when the decorating blogs make me want to tear up carpeting and paint all my woodwork white!

I guess I'll no longer be keeping up with the "Blogging Joneses."


  1. Great tips... i don´t like complications too.
    Kisses and God bless you.

  2. Oooh I love Subway tile. I wish I knew how to tile.

  3. I heart the colored tile. :-)

  4. ugh. i sooo know what it's like to want to keep up with the blogging joneses!!

    my house is still pretty much completely unpacked, and i'm making messes, trying to do crafts around boxes. i am as crazy as you (if not a little crazier).

    hang in there, friend. i hope that the solution(s) is/are easier than the demo. for your sake.


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