Sunday, May 14, 2006

A week of ups and downs

Being sick monopolized most of the week. That feeling of being able to do only that which was absolutely necessary was to say the least - limiting, if not disheartening.

By the time Friday rolled around I was not feeling as ill as I was feeling drained.

Absolutely wiped.

My whole body was limp.

I was dragging my sorry butt everywhere.

Saturday saw a day with no work, so I decided to dig into a project to make myself feel more productive.

It's been 13 years since I moved into my house and over that time all the rooms have seen at least two changes in paint colour.

All except the kitchen.

In the mid-80s my aunt had this really - what was then cool, is now gawdy - pineapple wallpaper put up. Saturday was the day. It was coming down. Or so I thought.

This was no ordinary wallpaper. This was vinyl over a paper backing. One could not simply "iron off" the paper with steam - else said vinyl would simply melt.

Very messy.

The solution? A lot of scraping!
I contemplated going with the fringe look...

...however, once clean the wall looked much, much better!
Testing some paint colours here...

The finished wall - or 1/4 wall. A VERY time consuming project! The colour is toasted grain - a light mocha. (hard to tell with the weird lighting)

I foresee this being an ongoing project, but it's been 13 years to break ground with it, so some progress is huge progress!

Definitely the "up" for the week!


smiley said...

Keep up the good work. I like the colour! :0)

Expat Traveler said...

well great job. Hmm - I wonder if that was the bug I caught also. Hope it's out and you are feeling better in no time now!

Granny said...

It's going to look good.

megz_mum said...

Wow, that is a big job you tackled. Will be great when it is done though!

pissed off patricia said...

If I become sick, I hope I get whatever you had so after it's over I'll finally get serious about the wallpaper in our master bathroom.

traveller one said...

Eeeks... what got into you?? The nesting instinct??!!

Anvilcloud said...

I have battled with recalcitrant wallpaper more times than I care to enumerate.

Sarah Elaine said...

That IS a lot of work! Nice finished product though. You deserve to be pleased.

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