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Goodbye 1980s Wallpaper

A while back I posted the crazy story of what happened when movers brought my grandma’s antique Ethan Allen china cabinet to my house and punched a doorknob hole through our wall. Since then, things have gone from bad, to worse, to awful, to bliss.

This has involved a crew of four painters, insurance money, our money, and my husband spending a lot of late nights painting into the wee hours, but all of the horrible wallpaper has now been torn off and the walls have been retextured.

You can see our reading nest up there if you look closely.  Everything you see use to have wallpaper on it.

It is still (almost) all Ikea and hand-me-down furniture, so if my kids destroy something that’s okay.

One wall has new Graham and Brown wallpaper, which was a bit of a bold move. It is hard to tell in the picture, but the paper is reflective and changes depending on the light.  Since it is just on one normal height wall, I can replace it myself someday if I get sick of it.

The best part is that we can still push back the furniture and have room for the bouncy house!

I thought I’d share these pictures because while things look calm now, I cannot begin to tell you how stressful this past month has been having a remodeling project go on amidst normal family life. At one point when they put the sealer on the texture, I picked up Bruce from school and said “We are moving to Grammy’s house!” —and we did (at least for the night.)

Luckily for us, the painters the insurance hired (Finelines NW) were absolutely outstanding, even though they were really expensive. It probably wasn’t easy for them to have Bruce(7) ask about a million questions and walk up and down the stairs repeatedly saying “I’m not touching anything!”

When my husband and I first got married we lived in an apartment that was smaller than our living room is now, and our first condo only had 3 windows. I understand what it is like to live in a small space completely, but I still wish sometimes that we could go back! If you are in a place right now where you wish you had more room for your family please take a deep breath and reconsider.  I wish people were more honest about how too much house space can be just as much of a burden as too little.

You don’t need room for a bouncy house in your living room. You don’t need to cobble together a bunch of extra furniture for a family room and a living room. You don’t need to spend the next fifteen years vacuuming a bunch of extra space.

On the other hand, it is nice to have one room in the house that doesn’t have toys in it. We spend a lot of time reading in our living room, playing the piano, doing yoga, building forts, and staring out the window looking at rain. Our dining room table is 40 years old, so if it gets scratched up while Bruce does homework on it, no biggie.

Okay, one last look at the old hideous wallpaper, and then I’m banishing it from my mind forever!

I guess I need to find a new home for my All About Spelling materials.


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