It's June, which means many things in our home: no school, warmer weather, my birthday, and... house projects!
What have I decided to tackle this summer?
Our kitchen WALLPAPER!
We moved into our house a whopping four years ago. We thought the first thing we would do is strip the green polka dot wallpaper (with floral border), but with two little kids at our feet and the various necessities that crop up (broken well water pumps and hot water heaters take priority, apparently), it simply hadn't gotten done.
Until one day a couple of weeks ago, I just begin ripping at that paper!
The coolest part is that I did all of the removal without using ANY chemicals or any new store-bought tools. It was FREE and nontoxic.
I ripped up the top layer by hand. Then, I soaked the bottom, adhesive layer with a wet sponge, and then scraped it off using a putty knife. It wasn't hard, but it was a long process.*
*[Very long. Because when you are home with little ones, you have to work for 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there. I didn't have, say, a block of several dreamy hours.]
Still, I did it! The bare drywall alone looked better than the wallpaper.
Next was the paint choice. My husband and I both wanted a gray with just the slightest of blue undertones. Harder to find that you may think!
Many test spots later, we settled on Nomadic Travels by Hirshfield's (a paint shop in Minnesota).
Here's one wall!
I'm still painting the walls, but whew, I'm seeing the light! It feels so good to have done it all by myself and to actually like what I see when I walk into our much-used kitchen.
How about you? What projects are you dreaming of tackling this summer?
~Julia @ Frantic Mama