This winter I have not been able to do anything outside, and the office is done, I am moving on to starting on the kitchen. I don’t plan to finish it this year as I want to do some more major things to it, and the bathroom is the room I will be spending money on this year. However, I can remove wallpaper and paint, so that is where I will begin.
The wallpaper in the kitchen was hideous so removal was necessary. I had such a hard time with the office, I broke down and purchased a wallpaper steamer from Home Depot. BEST. THING. EVER! I am SOOOOOO glad that I purchased this thing! It works super easy, doesn’t use anything but water, and was only $50. I suggest you buy one if you plan to remove wallpaper. Even if you only have a little, it is well worth it and save you a ton of time!
I planned only to remove the paper from the upper part of the walls, but as I steamed the upper part water and steam ran down to the lower half making some of it start to peel. So, the bottom part of the wallpaper had to go too.
When I removed the wallpaper from the walls I found some surprises. First, I found this gnarly patched area behind the stove that ran from the floor to the ceiling. This is along the furnace chimney so I assume it shifted at some point and caused Bernie to patch it. Putting up wallpaper covers all the cracks, so remember when buying an old home to feel the walls and check the foundation for possible problems.
One surprise I found was the laundry chute! I knew it was there as in the upstairs hall it is open in view, but I did not know that it was in the kitchen too. Unfortunately my laundry room is on the first floor and not the basement, or I would be using it. However, I think it would be a cool thing to open it up at least for the novelty. So stay tuned to the blog as I document my opening of the chute!
I had a hard time picking a paint color for this room. I wanted something to go with the floor, because I think it is awesome and in good shape so I plan to keep it. The colors are a bluish-teal and mustard on a white background. I hung several paint chips on the wall before I decided.
I think the new paint color works and I am excited to finish the kitchen next year.