Friday, March 11, 2011

Before and After #1


I've been neglecting my all-encompassing blog duties in order to work on a long-overdue home improvement job. Over the last few weeks I've been putting my kids to bed and then spending an hour or two every evening working on my dining room. The most important lesson I've learned in all this is that in my next life, I need to come back as a rich person. That way, I can sip margaritas on a beach in the Caribbean while someone else does all the hard work back at the mansion.

After stripping off about 4 layers of painted-over wallpaper, some of it with raised black velvet swirly patterns on it, this is what we had to work with:



And the after pics:

It became apparent pretty quickly that I am no drywaller. My seam work was atrocious, so I believed the folks at Home Depot when they claimed I could hide all manner of ugly with some popcorn texture paint and a special roller. I have never made such a mess in all my life. But believe it or not, this disaster actually looks better than my "smooth" ceiling. That said, I'd never, ever do it again, and I would not recommend it to a friend.


Because of the big, bright south-facing window, we picked a dark red for the walls. I thought it'd be a good idea to try it out on the primer first, just to make sure I liked it. And also to drop the Captain a subtle hint.


The walls were in bad shape, and my attempts at smoothing them out were not wholly successful, but the dark colour hides a lot. At night, when there's no glare, the finish almost looks professional! Almost.



Obviously, the work is not finished. When the Captain comes home (NEXT WEEK!!!), we're going to get some nice big white moldings up to make the wall colour pop, and we'll be putting laminate down for that classy hardwood-but-not-really look.

Speaking of which, it's time to start patching the dents in the sub-floor. Groan. There'd better be a pair of shoes in this for me.


11 comments:

Jude@ThisJewels4You said...

Love the color and yes I agree, a great pair of shoes would be in order!!! Jude

P.S. and a place on the beach...with someone else to do the work.

In Real Life said...

Wow! Phenomenal! What a super job! That is awesome! What a neat colour!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

You are doing a bang up job! I would never have tried this....even when I was younger! I love the color and I do think it looks great. If there are problems it sure doesn't show! Well done my friend. Can't wait to see the room all finished and ready to go!

Suburban Princess said...

We have been dealing with the same sort of thing and to be honest, it's easier to just rip out the drywall and replace it.

We did one ceiling and it's such a mess it's coming down some day. Now we just put up the drywall and have someone else come and tape it. :O)

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Look at you go, Miss Industrious! Isn't it great when a room starts to re-appear after all the mess? Great job and the colour is so rich - very nice.

DUTA said...

Even I I were rich, I'll still try to do the job myself. That's how I am, and sometimes I eel it's like a curse.
Keep up the good work!

Dimple said...

I like the possibilities, and remember, no one will see the irregularities that jump off the wall or ceiling to pummel you, unless you tell them. Mum's the word!

Karen Whittal said...

Looks like you are having "fun" always nice to see the end product and know that it was you........

Melanie said...

It looks fantastic -- get yourself some awesome shoes for job well done, you know how reinforcement works! -- wait I will buy you shoes if you do my ceiling :)

GLENDA BROOKS said...

On my blog you mentioned you might walk to the end of the driveway and hitch a ride south! Come on down, I'd love to have you visit! Besides I could use some work on my dining room! Wahahaha

Linda said...

I am impressed at all the work you did, especially the stuff you've been doing single-handedly!

I've mentioned before that our drywall taping got to the "good-enough" stage and then we painted. That made the imperfections show up a leetle bit more, but it's still good enough for me.

I love that red color and can't wait to see how the floor and woodwork make it glow! Good job!