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Probably One Of the Scariest Things I Have Ever Done…

I had a fun filled weekend of wallpaper glue removal… how about you guys! Seriously I’m not sure, but I think removing glue from walls is on my top 10 “I Don’t Want To Do This Ever Again” job list!

Here is our bathroom before we moved in…

Master bathroom BEFORE

It’s kind of hard to see it but this is the wallpaper that was installed when the house was built 13 years ago. It was still in great condition, but just not our style…

Master bathroom wallpaper

The wallpaper came down so easy, I thought I was lucky!

Master bathroom wallpaper removal

Huge strips of paper and it only took me like 30 minutes of pulling it off (by hand) to get it down! I was so very excited and I thought I had it made, well that was a big NOPE! Removing the glue left on the walls behind the paper was a killer… thankfully my hubby helped me get it done this weekend (he hated it to BTW)! After researching how to get the wallpaper glue off of the walls the process we used was this:

  • Tip: put on some rubber gloves or your hands will look like crap later!
  • with a spray bottle spray a small section (3ft. x 3ft.) with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water, start off with warm water but it’s ok if it cools down
  • let it soak in for about 15 seconds and then scrape the glue off with a metal or plastic scraper (being careful not to tear the sheetrock paper as much as possible)
  • repeat the step above once more
  • fill a bucket with hot/warm water (as hot as you can handle it), using a heavy duty scrubbing sponge (we used the yellow ones with the green scrub side to them) scrub and rinse the remaining glue residue off.
  • keep emptying and refilling the bucket so that the water stays as clean as possible

There are other tutorials out there that say that Fabric Softener will work too, but here’s my thoughts on that. 1. Vinegar is so much cheaper and is a natural product 2. You are actually cleaning your walls at the same time (my bathroom has never been so clean) 3. Fabric Softener has petroleum in it and I am wondering about the effect of that 4. Vinegar smells a lot worse than fabric softener, but refer back to concern #3

We broke this fun time up into two half days, it’s Fall ya’ll and we had some fun outdoor stuff to do, but we got all of the glue off of the walls and were left with more than a few holes.

Master bathroom wallpaper glue removalMaster bathroom wallpaper glue removal

Then, because I thought we needed to do more, I decided I wanted to go ahead and take down the 2 HUGE mirrors on “my” side of the bathroom. Seriously who needs this much mirror in the bathroom!?

Removing glued on mirrors from wall

So this was the very scary, almost peed in my pants part I alluded to in my title post! Taking these mirrors down was freaking me out! I researched on line how to get remove them, as they are glued to the wall versus put on with mirror clips, and this is the process we used.

First of all it is SUPER important to wear safety glasses, gloves and I had on long pants and shoes… you never know if the mirror will break or shatter so please be careful!

As suggested we taped the mirrors up with heavy duty packing tape.

Removing glued on mirrors from wall

We oh so carefully and slowly pried the mirror off if the wall using wood shims and a small crow bar. Let me tell you these mirrors are at least a 1/4” thick and HUGE, but we got both of them down in one piece. However this is the mess they left behind…

Repairing wall behind glued on mirror

Anyone else up for a fun day of drywall patching & sanding… UGH!!! I did get a couple of coats on last night, but seriously what a pain!

Repairing wall behind glued on mirror

We still have one more very HUGE mirror on my hubby’s side but we are leaving that for now as this makeover is a temporary fix until we can renovate the whole bathroom. I personally am hoping that we hire this mirror removal out!

Repairing wall behind glued on mirror

We also solved one more bathroom problem that I would like to share with you. We have a pocket door to the water closet / shower “room”, I know weird that they put those 2 things together right? Well the pocket door wouldn’t open all of the way, it stuck out of the wall about 4” and was just a slight nuisance. I could tell that something was keeping it from closing on the bottom track. At first I thought it might be a screw or nail from the baseboards, so I removed the front and back baseboard, but that didn’t solve the problem. So I decided to cut a hole behind the baseboard (where the stop was occurring) to see if I could figure out the problem. Once I put the baseboard back up you’ll never know there is a hole there.

How to repair pocket door that won't open all of the way

These are what I found…

Those crazy kids!

Someone’s kids stuck these in between the pocket door and the jamb at some point… Kids really will stick things almost anywhere! I pulled them out and now the door opens all of the way, a small victory but it made us happy that it wasn’t a huge fix for us.

Well I’m off to patch more holes and probably do some sanding! Have a great week all!

Thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

K

Kitchen Updates, Tile, Lights, Paint

Hey all! This post has been stuck in my “to finish” pile for a while but I wanted to share with you the kitchen updates we have completed so far. We still have some cabinet painting to do, but that is a project that I might get started this winter.

So here is a BEFORE shot my hubby took while doing the home inspection (that’s the inspector at the island).

kitchen before

This I took just after we moved in, we had not yet replaced any appliances or done any work.

kitchen before

Here it is after we had replaced the dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, sink, faucet, added pendant lights and painted (Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore). I had a VERY difficult time deciding on a paint color, I kept trying to go light but I didn’t like any of the combinations. As soon as I saw this color I was smitten, but a little concerned it may be too dark…  I loved it the moment I started painting. It was the perfect choice for us!

Updated kitchen

We installed the backsplash using Queen Beige tumbled Amalfi marble. It is a nice neutral color that worked well with the existing counter. I normally would have removed the 4” granite backsplash and tiled all of the way down to the countertop but they had also installed the backsplashes on the sides of the oven cabinets and I wasn’t sure what would happen to the cabinets if I tried to remove it…

Updated kitchen backsplash

My Hubby replaced all of the outdated florescent under cabinet lighting with new LED lights. I like the cool bright light here vs. the warm yellow hue. Also, I LOVE using my vintage tool box to hold the tools, oils and vinegars that I use most frequently.

Useful decor in kitchen, vintage toolbox caddy

I “shopped” in my storage room and found this antique scale which was the perfect color to coordinate with my toolbox. The measuring cups I purchase from Anthropology several years ago and are not only pretty to look at but it is handy being able to have them setting out.

Useful decor in kitchen

This was the original sink and faucet setup (and no I didn’t bother to clean it before I took this picture)…

kitchen sink before

We hired a plumber to come replace the sink, faucet and garbage disposal… my sweetie is very handy but plumbing is not his best skill set so we usually leave the pluming up to the professionals Laughing out loud

I cannot begin to describe how much I L-O-V-E this sink! It is SUPER deep which is great for leaving dishes in and the single bowl just works so much better than double bowls for us. I can fit sheet pans, baking pans or a child or two in here… (just sayin’ it’s awesome)! We also had an extra hole (where the sprayer was) so we now we have a hand soap dispenser and a dish soap dispenser!

Single bowl deep kitchen sink

I bought a set of the new blue jars and frog inserts to go with them. Eventually I hope to have pretty, fresh flowers from the garden in them, but for now I just adore the way the sunlight from the Sunroom filters through the blue glass.

Blue ball jar kitchen decor

This little area to the right if the refrigerator we have setup for all of our drinking “tools”, coffee maker, Magic Bullet, Soda Stream. We keep all of the coffee mugs above and the blender cups and big blender below. Having a drink / coffee bar area just works so well for our family.

Coffee and drink bar area

This is what the original eat in area of the kitchen looked like. This light was in such a weird place for the traffic pattern to work. I think they had it setup for a round table there…

Before eat in kitchen area

The whole kitchen / eat-in area are painted the same Chelsea Gray, I took down the light blocking valances and put up curtains and rods. I just cannot get rid of our farm table even though it’s just the 3 of us most of the time eating there. We bought the table 13 years ago and it is made by Hoskins Creek Table Company. The tables are made in Virginia, by hand, and are put together like they were long ago with beautiful joinery and old looking nails. There is a bench on the one side (for lots of little kid butts Open-mouthed smile) but the chairs are vintage hand carved with original rush seats. The rug is from FLOR and is really carpet tiles, easy to care for and they can be cut to fit ANY area.

Eat in kitchen area, Farmhouse Table

I do love the beaded chandelier we purchased to replace the oriental looking one that was here. It’s hard to see but the beads are a washed out gray color, I bought it at World Market and I thought it was a great price considering what similar ones are being sold for elsewhere.

Beaded chandelier from World Market

From the kitchen you can see somewhat into the Family room. I originally thought I’d want to remove the wall that the bar is on, but I really have come to like the setup as it is now.

Updated kitchen in progress

We bought this bar set from Pottery Barn about 4 years ago and it fit in this space like we built around it!

Wine bar area in kitchen with chalkboard

I will eventually paint this pantry area as well, but I’m still on the fence with a couple of choices I need to make. The speaker above the cabinets is wired in from the TV in the family room so we can listen to music or whatever.

Butlers pantry

We added these pendant lights where there used to be can lights and I really love the way they look. We found them at Shades of Light if you’re interested in them. I wrote a previous post on the island update we did and you can find it here.

Kitchen renovation, painted island

One of these days I would LOVE a new Thermador gas stove and double oven combination, but I’m thinking that might not happen in this house (or ever), but I can still dream right?!

Kitchen renovation, painted island

We have come a long ways with our kitchen, but to finish it up I need to get these cabinets painted. I painted the cabinets in our last home 5 years ago and I still remember the “pain” of it, so I’m pretty much putting it off until I can’t put it off any longer…

Hope you all are feeling some Fall weather, it’s just gorgeous here today in Louisville, KY!

Thanks as always for stopping by,

Until next time!

K

One Room At A Time

Sorry I have been so lax in posting… I won’t list the multitude of excuses I came up with, so I’ll just fill you in on my latest project. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be inside working on something, rather than outside in this 95 degree heat!

So even though I titled this post “One Room At A Time” this is technically not a room, it’s a closet. Now, it’s a good sized walk-in closet, but it is a closet. I happen to be quite a freak about closets. I like my closets VERY organized and I abhor wire shelving… it’s just not my “thing”… I may or may not need help for it Winking smile This closet is Brie’s (she’s 12 going on 16 if you know what I mean), I gave her a few color options to choose from and she chose “Galt Blue”, it’s a Benjamin Moore color from their Williamsburg series, this color is NOT very accurate… it’s a blue green very pretty color.

Galt blue Benjamin Moore

We also decided to buy her new closet organizer from EasyCloset. We had used them in our last home’s pantry and just LOVED them. They are super easy to install (using a cleat),easy to assemble and removing them for painting is a snap. Yes, there are other products out there from the “big box” stores, but you always have to cut something or you have unused space leftover. These are custom made to fit YOUR wall perfectly so no cutting at all. I’m not a spokesperson for this product, but I totally could be I love it so much!

Below is the setup we decided would work best for her, 4 short hanging areas and a medium hanging area for dresses. I decided to separate the short hanging areas for winter / summer, I think that will help her find what she needs to wear easier.

EasyCloset closet layout

Below is her walk-in closet before, it’s 9’4” x 5’6” and gets the morning sun so it is very bright in there. It has plenty of hanging space for her needs, but the shelves on the left are really useless to her… so out they come!

Walk in closet update BEFORE

For those of you who have never removed wire shelving I must warn you, it’s a pain in the butt! First of all the installers ALWAYS anchor the shelves with a BAZILLION wall anchor screws, secondly removing those screws and nails cause HUGE holes in the walls which you will need to fill. I had 60 holes to fill in this room!!!

repairing holes in walls with spackle

I use the spackling that goes on pink, but dries white, it’s just easier for me. My process is fill holes twice, “sand” down with wet sanding sponge, spackle again, sand with 220 sandpaper. I did use my orbital sander with the shop vac hooked up to it because I had so many holes to sand.

repairing holes in walls with spackle

After I sanded I went over the new drywall spots with a quick coat of the paint. I do this because I have found it helps to pre-seal the areas before rolling, otherwise the patched areas suck in more paint than the surrounding areas and I can see the spots…

I decided that the baseboards and ceiling needed a fresh coat of paint as well. This closet had not been touched up in 12 years and it was looking a little dingy.

Everything is now painted and I am expecting delivery of the shelves today!

Galt Blue painted girls walk in closet

I was able to install Brie’s old chandelier in here too! I would have installed it in her room but she loves her ceiling fan, she uses it every night, so this was the next best place for it. Ok, so maybe it’s a little overkill for a closet, but I had it and it was just hanging in storage so why not?

vintage brass chandelier made in Spain

I’m also working on this updating this bookcase to use for a shoe storage. EasyCloset does make shoe shelves, but they are very expensive and this was “free”… plus I like the idea of a pimped out bookshelf/shoe storage better don’t you?

Bookcase for shoe storage

Now I need to start working on emptying out her room and getting it ready for paint while I wait for the shelves to be delivered. I hope to share with you the finished closet Monday. Until then stay cool and enjoy your summer!

Until next time!

K

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