Project: Repaint the Dining Room – Part I

9 Nov

I like to start projects so that they have a sense of urgency – stripping all the wallpaper off of the dining room walls 2 weeks before Thanksgiving fits the bill perfectly. Panic has a tendency to trump procrastination.

Old wallpaper. Yes, I know that print is crooked.

We managed to get all the paper mostly down in one afternoon – even the kids helped without complaining – miracle! Here’s a little wallpaper removal tip: mix a few tablespoons of fabric softener in with a few cups of water in a spray bottle and you have a cheap wallpaper remover that smells good. Our paper wasn’t pre-pasted and our walls are plaster and lathe so the paper really stuck but once we got the top “layer” off to reveal the backing a little spritz of the fabric softener solution was enough to get it off – it just peeled right off the walls.

I think I changed the color of the dining room 6 or 7 times before I settled on the wallpaper. It has just never seemed right to me. The wallpaper, while attractive, had issues during installation and has driven me crazy since then. It was only a matter of time. Then the other day, I was vacuuming the top of the base moulding and a corner of the paper flapped up and well, its time had come.

I’ve decided to go with turquoise for the dining room – though finding just the right shade has been a challenge. I looked through about 100 paint chips before I narrowed it down to 2: Benjamin Moore 2055-20 and 2055-30. In my infinite wisdom, I thought I would save few dollars by having quarts made up at a big-box home improvement store before I committed to a color and bought the paint at my local Benjamin Moore dealer.

I should have known I was in trouble when the big store couldn’t match 1 of the 2 colors. I brought home the single quart, put some up on the wall and realized it didn’t look exactly right. Evidently, the big store couldn’t match either color. So much for penny-pinching.

So now I have the 2 actual colors on the wall…and I’m still not quite satisfied. I’ll be stopping at Sherwin Williams today to grab a 4th quart.

Turquoise paint

Only 16 days to go. No pressure.

Have you ever started a project with a tight deadline, deliberately or inadvertently?


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