I’m excited to finally start sharing with you the updates we’ve done to the place we’re currently living! We are in an interesting situation in which we’re just kind of inhabiting a place for a brief amount of time. We quickly wanted to get down closer to my husband’s job and this house, owned by my husband’s family, was vacant.
It’s an amazing place on a huge piece of property and it’s right by my parents house so it’s a total score! However, there are plans to develop the land and most likely tear down the home. So, without a real timeline of when this is possibly going to happen, it’s really hard to know how long we will be able to live here. Since its obviously not going to be a forever home, or possibly even a year-long home (hopefully at least that long though!) we don’t want to pour in tons of money and time to re-do it. But, the house is OLD ok. OLD OLD. And as such I felt like it just really NEEDED some serious updates and help. So the name of the game in this home is to do things to give it an update, make us feel more comfortable and at home but do it easily and cheaply.
Following these guidelines, one thing that has had to go in a couple of rooms was the wallpaper. But, not only is wallpaper pretty much always a paint to remove, this one is even worse because it’s actually attached to a solid wall, rather than drywall. So, tearing it off is a disaster! It destroys the wall in addition to taking tons and tons of man hours. Without wanting to dedicate this much time and effort to any one place in the house, I decided it just HAD to be possible to paint over it!
The common belief however is that this is pretty much impossible. No one I talked to thought this was at all a good idea. But, after a little research, I was convinced it would be the fine and the right thing to do! So I did it! And it worked wonderfully! So, don’t listen to the nay sayers, listen to me!
Just a couple extra steps in the painting process will get you the results you want and you can have your updated walls for cheap and easy! If you want to see the whole process, head on over to ehow and learn how to give your wallpapered walls a fresh new face with paint.
I am so excited about what it did for Stella’s new space. I opened up and brightened the room a ton by giving it a fresh coat of white paint and I put that right over two layers of wallpaper!
Everyone is always shocked that it turned out so well (these are the same people that had reservations :D) and comment on it every time they see it.
So I mentioned in the post where I showed Stella’s nursery that her new room would be much more minimal, and it sure fits that description, huh? :) It is so much more us and I just love it! I still was able to use basically everything from her old room but I just used a little less and a lot less color and frills. This room fits a growing little toddler much better I think and I threw it together so much quicker (um…hello a YEAR to do her nursery…)
What do you think of her new room? Which room suited your styles better? You can’t hurt my feelings since I love and did both of them :D And would you ever consider painting over wallpaper?!
(pst.. DIY tufted crib here, animal cookie marquee light here, and those sleepy eye sheets are a tutorial to come so watch out for that!)