Master Bedroom Reno, A Week In

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


Michael has been busting a move getting our bedroom done.  He keeps eyeing my belly and then diving right back into the renovation of our room, spending every spare second and pouring all {literally all} of his energy into getting this project done.  I'm so proud of him.  

Just so you can see the magnitude of what has been accomplished in the last week and a half, here are some before pictures:

View from the back of the room, right next to the sliding glass door to the backyard.

View from the back of the room, right next to the sliding glass door to the backyard.

From the doorway to the bedroom.  The wall to the right is the one with the second layer of wallpaper.

From the doorway to the bedroom.  The wall to the right is the one with the second layer of wallpaper.

This was last Wednesday:

From the back of the room.

From the back of the room.

From the doorway to the room.

From the doorway to the room.

This was yesterday:

From the back of the room.  New closet is going in!

From the back of the room.  New closet is going in!

Michael has done amazing work.  There was original flooring in about 1/3 of the room, which he had to feather in with the new  flooring, which takes forever and a day.  It's hard work.  He also sanded the walls to prep them for skim coating.  Then he built a new walk-in closet.  He let me help with the drywall, and I'm kind of proud to say I hung drywall at 38 weeks pregnant.  Scoring and snapping that stuff is satisfying!

Tomorrow Michael will finish sanding the floor and probably will put a coat or two of the polyurethane on it.  Hopefully that can be finished Friday afternoon and then Saturday night and Sunday can be spent finishing drywall, skim coating, sanding and painting the walls.  Next week we are hoping to be back in our room.

That is, if baby doesn't come first!


One room down, 8 to go!

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Emmy's room is (mostly) done!  Good enough for the kids to move in at least.  All that's left is to finish spray painting the closet doors (more on that in another post), install them, refinish the floor and put in the baseboards.  

It feels AMAZING to be done with our first room!

The kids moved in tonight.  Emmy seemed pleased with her big-girl-bed arrangement, and Caden is looking forward to working on his room.

Michael and I are looking forward to sleep.

Before

Before

After

After

- Final tally of odd things found in Em's room -

Telephone wires EVERYWHERE, even up and across the ceiling!

Hooks, hooks, and more hooks.

A wallet-sized photo of Captain Kirk.  Guess that kind of fits us though...

 

- Total time for this project -

About 3 weeks' worth of Sundays and evenings.


How to Remove Wallpaper On The Cheap (And Eco Friendly!)

by Rachel Blackburn in ,


This house is full of wallpaper.  I’m sure you’ll hear about it many times - my apologies in advance.  

When we decided to buy this house, I went to my BFF Pinterest and did some research on wallpaper removal.  I also talked to friends and family who had removed the stuff.

The result?  I was sure this was going to take FOREVER!

We went to Home Depot to pick up wallpaper removal stuff.  I had a pinterest-approved list - chemical wallpaper removal gunk, tool to punch holes in the wallpaper to make the chemical stuff soak in and scrapers. 

Then I was introduced to a magical device: the wallpaper steamer.

This thing is cool.  It was $50 and required no chemicals - water only.  The chemicals would have cost us about $150 for one room alone!  

Talk about cost savings.  

The steamer worked great, but I would call this a two-person/no kids around job.  One person steams, the other person scrapes.  Plan on lots of quality time to talk while steaming.  Do this after your kids have gone to bed or while they are being babysat - the steamer can spit really hot water from time to time.  

So, how did we do it?

Have one person steam the wallpaper.  We found 15 seconds on each section to be ideal in our situation.

The other person comes behind and scrapes the wallpaper using a plastic scraper.

Repeat.  Many, many times.  It took us 3 evenings (maybe 8-10 hours?) to do one room.  

 

A few things we learned: 

Get all the backing off.  Every last bit.  If you don’t, it will cause problems with your paint job afterwords.

If you happen to build up enough steam in the room from working on the wallpaper and your wallpaper is old enough, it will start to peel away from the wall without your having to apply direct steam to the wallpaper.  Big chunks come off - very satisfying!

 

In the end, this job was not as awful as I thought it would be.  In fact, it was pretty satisfying.  I recognize that not everybody’s wallpaper will act the same way and in some instances, the chemicals will be necessary, but try the steamer first - you just might be pleasantly surprised!