Monday, April 11, 2011

Holy Mess, Batman!

Things have been a tad . .  . messy around here lately. If you're on my FaceBook page you heard me mention that we had a painter coming to seal the heinous wallpaper that covered every.single.wall upstairs. Three layers deep. Fun times. I stripped (that's what she said, I know) some of the walls downstairs, and when that disaster was revealed, I quit. Well, after I cried, screamed, swore (oh, did I swear), begged, pleaded and cried some more. Then we found a wonderful painter who came in and re-did our bedroom (sucker) about two years ago. We called him back about a month ago and he'd forgotten what he'd done for us. Until we showed him our room. Then his eyes glazed over and he started to drool. Ok, not really. But his eyes did widen and he said, "Oh . . . yeah. Now I remember. That wallpaper job."

So, over the past week this wonderful man has been working his rear off sealing the walls in my kids bedrooms. Why not just stripping the wallpaper? Because it was glued to bare drywall. So it's soaked into the wall. So it won't come off. The process is mind numbing. Did I mention how amazing he is? (Are you local? I highly recommend him)

He did the kids bedroom's upstairs, the ceilings, because  . . . wait for it . . . they'd been wallpapered too .. . and spackled some a ton of spots in the hallway where the kids have created wholes over the past two years.

So, for your viewing pleasure, part one of the re-do:

[caption id="attachment_652" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Elegant hallway wallpaper."][/caption]

 I took this wallpaper off a few years ago, but I couldn't resist showing it to you. Coming soon: the bathroom, dining room and my bedroom wallpaper.

[caption id="attachment_640" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sans elegant wallpaper, awaiting new paint. This is the ONLY wallpaper that came off easily."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_656" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Sarah's rockin' paneling. "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_643" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Clean walls! We're going for the darker pink."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_646" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Wallpaper in Violet's room. Yeah, I had to include her. Circa 2005"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_651" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="John's wallpaper. Very masculine, no?"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_645" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Upstairs landing. "][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_642" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Violet's walls. Hell on earth. "]Violet's room. Poor painter. This will become a gorgeous shade of brown.[/caption]

 The house is covered in drywall/Spackle dust. Laundry is piled eight loads deep, I haven't cooked a real dinner in two weeks, the kids are all crammed in one room, my bedroom is a storage unit and I am ready to paint! I bought the bedding, picked out the paint colors and the kids are excited. So, tomorrow we begin.  Let's be clear, though, I'm painting while at least two kids are at home. Wanting my undivided attention. And they'll be completely aware they don't have it. Let the good times roll.