Sunday, August 8, 2010

Cover Up

Last week flew by with lunch dates, doctor's appointments and happy hours. 
Oh, and tackling The Kitchen Dilemna 2010.

Remember I had Chuck put up bead board to cover up the wallpaper disaster caused by my sweet dog when she tried to claw her way out of the kitchen during a thunderstorm. And then I decided to paint the lower cabinets gray...which resulted in my hating the wallpaper.  Meaning we probably didn't need to put that bead board up....but let's not talk about that. 

I spent the first 3 days trying my best to love my wallpaper with the gray cabinets.  Most people would just deal with it....or paint the cabinets back to Dover White.  A few people might even put new wallpaper on the list for next year.  There might be one or two of you who would just live with it but get a little agitated every time you walked in the room with the hated wallpaper. 

And then there's me.

I got on it after 3 days of trying to love it and another week of having to live with it because life got in the way....lunch dates, doctor's appointments and happy hours. I sat on the fence for a couple of days about whether to cover up the paper with paint or just re-wallpaper.  But wallpaper is so least the ones I like. So cover it up won the mind battle.

 As of 6:00 p.m. the wallpaper has been covered up with oil-based Kilz.  I bought the odorless kind because I am so sick of the fumes.  The odorless kind smells like cat pee.  I'd rather have the fumes.
I have started texturing but stopped for the day to run a few errands with Chuck. Hopefully by the end of the week, there will be paint on the walls....and some new window treatments in a week or so after that.

The worst thing in the world is taking down the home improvement department. 
The second worse thing is painting over it with oil-based Kilz that smells like cat pee. And knowing the whole time you are painting, that you have several more steps in the process to go.

 I can honestly say, I have the worst part behind me.  Now, I'm texturing with drywall compound.  Step 2 is way more fun than Step 1.   Step 3 and 4 will be 2 coats of paint.  Step 5 will be Like it No Matter What.

 This part of the wall has some drywall/texture on it.

The same wall "before".
I'm going to miss that wallpaper.
But's it's too late now.

My kitchen as of right now.

Just last week. 

I think the end result is going to be worth it.
  But it certainly wasn't on the agenda for the month. 
This is where I've been, this is where I'll be.


  1. OMG, I can not even think of what my husband would say after all the work with the beadboard and door. But I have to agree. The wallpaper had to go. Can not wait to see what you choose. Do you remember school starts soon???? Just saying.

  2. I think red would still look great with your gray cabinets, white beadboard and brick. Maybe those beautiful curtains will still work. You are one energized lady:)

  3. You are one of the bravest women I know.

  4. Of are not brave enough to allow comments to post unapproved......are you????? rofl

  5. That's so crazy seeing it like that. I can't wait to see it in person in September. So have it done by then.

  6. The wallpaper had to go???????? Okay, I know whatever you do will be fabulous so I'll save my comments for the reveal-CAN'T wait. Yes, you are my life, deal with it.