So I'm in the middle of painting my small kitchen "Gumball Red". It's taking me some time because I've discovered that since I bought my house in 2007, the previous owner either decided, or didn't know, that all the wallpaper that was hung in her house had been directly applied to the drywall.
When I bought the house, the inside was quite dated and I knew there would be many renovations to bring it up to speed. To be honest, this lady loved *ugly* wallpaper. The only room that didn't have a spot of wallpaper was my son's room and the downstairs den, which of course is paneling.
In 2008 I decided to tackle the smallest area of the house: the downstairs half-bath. The wallpaper looked like something you'd wrap a wedding present in- black and silver with squiggles. Man I hated that paper LOL. I had my steamer and fabric softener (which speeds along the process) and started to remove the paper. I soon discovered that the paper had been directly applied to the drywall. Even I know you don't do that.
So after much frustration, I applied a tissue paper technique I had seen on HGTV a couple of years ago. I primed the walls to cover the wallpaper and seams and then crinkled up tissue paper and un-wadded it to apply to the walls. After adhering that and additional painting, the end result looks like stucco, and I'm quite pleased.
Now to the kitchen. My tiny house is what I'd call a split level design. You walk into the living room, and on your side is one set of stairs that go up and next to that, a set of stairs that go down. The living room, dining room and kitchen are on one level (like a ranch design) and the bedrooms, den and laundry are on the double level side of the house. What's even more aggravating is the single level to the house is vaulted, which gives eye-pleasing height but now brings in my next problem...
The kitchen. *UGH* I have discovered that when this kitchen was remodeled, with it's beautiful pickled maple cabinets, the *ugly* wallpaper was hung BEFORE the cabinets were installed. I can understand the thought back THEN, but now a new owner wants the paper gone LOL.
So, I'm first having to prime the wallpaper to seal it (and cover the ugly wallpaper) so this pretty Gumball Red color will look good. I'm also doing the tissue paper technique because I can't afford to replace all the drywall in the house because some stupid contractors were lazy and skipped a crucial step in wall preparation. But being the forward thinking person that I am, I'm already thinking of curtains for the lone window. I was thinking cafe style, and definitely a vintage or retro theme. I have found a website called Warm Biscuit Bedding Company that has some darling vintage prints.
I'd like anyone who drops by this blog to give me their 2 cents with a comment. Keep in mind the walls are Gumball Red and my cabinets are a pickled maple (very light). My appliances are white and the countertop if a funny grey color (which will change after I saw this cool re-surfacing kit at Lowes!)