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The wallpaper has been completely defeated. Tomorrow, I return to do battle with the remaining paste.

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aladdin_sane From: aladdin_sane Date: April 8th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
R.I.P wallpaper. :)
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 9th, 2006 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's resting in pieces. I guess that's close enough.
aladdin_sane From: aladdin_sane Date: April 9th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I meant to send you a NEW HOME card but I didn't have your addy.
bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: April 8th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on defeating the wallpaper. That's not a fun chore!

What color is the kitchen going to be?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 9th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)
The base color is going to be a very-slightly-yellowish cream, then I'm going to trim it in yellow. I really wish those little paint swatches came with RGB values on the back, so I could blog about them. :)
bebo_65 From: bebo_65 Date: April 9th, 2006 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't wait to see pics.

Remember before you paint that yellow is 2 shades brighter on the wall than it is on the swatch.

I was told that by a friend who had experience. I told hubby that when we painted the nursery (darn baby wouldn't "give up the info" at the first ultrasound, so we picked a neutral two-toned theme -- teal and yellow for the nursery walls since we were'nt sure of the baby's gender). He didn't believe me when I went with a lighter yellow, which ended up quite bright on the walls. Thank goodness we didn't go with the swatch that HE picked. EEK.

I want a sunny yellow kitchen before I die. Mine is currently decorated with a "lighthouse" theme (we have a lighthouse border, with chair rail molding with said border and paint above, striped wallpaper below --neutral paint and light blue/navy/broad white stripes).
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 10th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I picked a very light yellow - almost the lightest they had. But I'm still worrying that it'll be too bright. Luckily, I'm not painting the cabinets in this round, so the plan is if the yellow on the walls is too bright, I can paint them white. If the yellow is too subtle, I'll paint them a darker yellow.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
...so people who come visit you can take off their sunglasses when they come in!
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 9th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Under the wallpaper, there was paint. An appalling shade of dark blue.

I'm hoping the townhouse isn't possessed by Really Bad Taste Demons, who will force me to make similarly bad decorating choices.

(BTW, did I tell you I'm painting the office purple?)
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2006 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
you may want to slap a coat of Killz (opaque white "stain-killer") over the dark blue, before you paint light cream over it. (the house i lived in before this one, when we moved in, the second bedroom was painted navy blue. this was to be my son's room, and he wanted it tan. we had to use Killz to keep the dark blue from showing through.)

Bad Taste Demons are associated with people, not places. when the person who put up the appalling wallpaper moved out, their demons left with them.

and, no, you didn't mention that you're painting the office purple!

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 9th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
The people who just moved out smoked. Most of the place is getting a coat of Killz, because while they did a really good job of cleaning, there's still smoke on the walls in places, and it'll cover the smoke as well as the colors. The hunter green upstairs that's turning into light purple is going to take two coats of Killz.

I'll send you a picture when it's done. :)
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
how are you getting rid of the residual smoke fumes?

when i was a kid, i painted my bedroom a shade of light purple - blue-purple, not red-purple. my parents disliked it intensely; they said the room looked cold, and they wouldn't paint it for me, but they bought me the paint on the condition that i did it myself. i was maybe 10 or 11, and it wasn't a very big room. and my father couldn't stand by and see me on the ladder without pitching in to help. so for a while, i had a purple bedroom. i'd like to have a small room that i can paint a really intense shade of purple, for use as a combination study, ritual room, and private space. but i don't think it's likely to happen.

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 9th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
how are you getting rid of the residual smoke fumes?

Well, I'm painting nearly everything. The only part of the house that's got noticable smoke on the walls is the little room by the kitchen, and it's getting all repainted. I'm throwing out all the carpet. It doesn't smell like smoke, but it has a really heavy scent that just screams "this smelled bad, so we tried to cover it up with something". That may be cat, though, not smoke, but I can't tell. Anyway, it's all going away. The ducts are getting cleaned as part of the AC work I'm doing anyway. Besides that, I'm just planning to deal with any other issues as they come up.

Oh, yeah, and I'm leaving the windows open as much as possible - it's been shut up with the AC running for months, and honestly, a few days with the windows open made all the difference in the world.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 9th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
sometimes i'm not sure which is worse - heavy smoke fumes that have permeated the rug, walls, etc., or heavy air-freshener perfume that people use to try to cover up the smoke smell. either way, it does unpleasant things to my eyes, sinuses, and throat. good thing you've had a chance to let the place air out... and getting the ducts cleaned is a very good idea.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 9th, 2006 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
My mother's been over a few times, and she's incredibly sensitive to smoke, and she didn't even notice it until I pointed out the stains on the walls. So I'm not too worried.

Also, my painter says that while some of it is definately smoke, a lot of what I thought was smoke was just the old, oil-based paint yellowing with age.

Not only are they cleaning the ducts, but they're going to go through and fix all the holes in the airbox where it can suck air from inside the walls instead of through the filter, as well as seal all the gaps where the ducting doesn't fit perfectly to the drywall...they claim it's about "home wellness", but I'm doing it because it really helps the efficiency of the AC.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 10th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
sounds as if you've got everything pretty much under control, then.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: April 10th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I certainly hope so. But I've done enough projects in my life to know that something's going to suprise me somewhere down the line.
acelightning From: acelightning Date: April 10th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, Eris and Her consort Murphy always manage to show up... ;-)
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