Friday, 16 September 2016

What a Great Invention

Paint!

When we left the river and bought this landlubbers' house, there were lots of changes to be made. The vital ones — kitchen makeover, bedroom paint and carpet, gutting and rebuilding one of the bathrooms — we tackled before moving in. Then there was this wallpaper in my office that I hated but there were still more important things to tend to. Slowly, it got shoved aside but, after four years, it just got to me and I had to make it go away — now! I just couldn't face another winter with the stuff.

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This photo is of the pattern that was driving me nuts. It always made me think of fishing lures, which are just great — on fishing lines.

Try to imagine a whole wall of this in a small room. Way too busy. I considered stripping it off the wall but I did that once and still remember dodging hot steam, scraping at gummy paper, and, finally, cleaning up all that mess. Because this was pretty high quality paper, I figured — with proper care — I could just paint over it. A chore, but not a horror show.


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It took two coats of stain blocker/primer to cover the pattern and ensure that latex paint wouldn't penetrate the paper and cause it to part company with the walls. I was very relieved when a couple of days went by and the paper hadn't moved.

. . . Gone!

The other walls are white, so I wanted some warmth here. I opted for this medium deep bone and think it works really well.

Bonus - the artwork shows up much better on the painted wall.