Monday, January 10, 2011

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Strip wallpaper.

Consider this our baby-is-supposed-to-be-with-us-but-he's-not Distraction project #1. With two rooms left with wallpaper in our home (3 of which we've already finished, phew!), we are determined to be wallpaper free very soon. I realize Andrew is not coming back, but this sure beats sitting on the couch in tears everyday. I'm also heading back to substitute teaching soon-- as much as I hate it. I'd consider teaching full-time again, but we're talking pregnancy #2 after my 6-week postpartum appointment and the doctor gives the green light. That appointment is on Monday the 17th... so surely I'll be given an update and possibly answers as to why. Of course that won't really be helpful for anything other than prevention our second time around.

Back to the wallpaper...

We tackled the laundry room this weekend and we're officially on to stage #2, patching & sanding! It's our least favorite part, though all parts are pretty terrible. We are however, looking forward to finishing this project and making this room more functional! Currently, there is no storage. We are planning to put cabinets above the washer and dryer, a new door that you can't see daylight through the cracks (great for Chicago winters, huh? Talk about insulation deficient) and probably a new utility sink top in white for the room. We've chosen green for the room and are anxious to paint. Our goal for this project is 8 days. We started this project on Saturday and intend to be completed Sunday, January 16th. Not only is it a small room, but we would like to be able to do our laundry soon enough!
Wallpaper = hideous. Right?
Good riddance pink and blue speckled wallpaper.


Alli (and Tommy too!) said... [Reply to comment]

Great idea to tackle the wallpaper. I just love hearing about all your home projects and seeing the finished product because you guys are so meticulous and do such a good job!

Katie Truelove said... [Reply to comment]

Argh! Every time I think of putting up wall paper I imagine myself (or anyone) trying to peel it off in thin, torturous strips... You guys have done an amazing job on your home. It feels good to have a goal/project- even if it is wallpaper...:)

Team Clancy said... [Reply to comment]

Our house had wallpaper in one room when we moved in. After tearing ti down, I swore I would never move into a house with wallpaper again. That is the worst!!!!!

Jayme said... [Reply to comment]

I just happened upon your blog, and your story captured me. I am so sorry for the devastating loss you have experienced, and I so admire your strength and ability to verbalize your feelings. I hope 2011 brings a fresh start and new blessings in your life.

And I agree, home improvement projects are cathartic!

Solange, Nik and Caitlin said... [Reply to comment]

That wallpaper is AWFUL. Yuck. It's great that you guys are tackling this project- super excited to see the finished product!

d.a.r. said... [Reply to comment]

Oh wow, yes, that wallpaper has to go.

I am so glad you guys are staying busy. I know it won't make the hurt go away, but I hope it helps the healing process some.

And there is nothing bad about getting rid of that awful wallpaper, haha!