Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Project Wallpaper - Part One

Happily I’m introducing you to Lindsey Krystofiak; here is Lindsey’s first entry for the "Designing Mama"  (AKA JL Interior Design) blog: “Project Wallpaper”. XO, Jolene


"Project Wallpaper - Part One"
Starting a wallpaper project (for the first time!) is daunting enough, but throwing in a weekend of potty training on top of it is just silly.  That is exactly what we did.

My mom is visiting from Michigan for a few weeks so I thought I would seize the opportunity and tap into her wallpapering expertise. Together we searched hundreds of wallpapers until we finally decided upon this really interesting tan/gold linen-like paper with an eclectic peacock blue design.  The purchase was made and phase I of “Project Wallpaper” was underway! 

We rolled out the black drop cloth, filled the pan with paste and started cutting the paper. 

The first strip was the trickiest.  We had a soffit to cut around with round corners and a kitchen cabinet to contend with that went all the way to the floor.  The first attempt was a good one but… realizing we ordered way too much paper, we decided we could afford to rip it down and try again.   

The second round was perfect with many thanks to my mom.  She cut the edges like a pro.  The second strip was flawless.  We were cruising along now.  Third strip done!  The fourth strip…oops.  I cut it about an inch too short.  All this extra wallpaper was quickly diminishing.

Quickly recovering from the bellyaches from laughing so hard and frustration of having to cut and glue another strip, we flawlessly finished the remaining three strips.  By flawless, I mean the last strip we did ended perfectly at the bottom.  That was a close one!  Clearly, I was only trying to create less cutting for my mom.
 
All in all, it was 4.5 hours of blood, sweat and laughter.  We are so proud of our accomplishment!  And here's the finished product:
 


Now for phase II of “Project Wallpaper“ in the master suite…
XO, Lindsey

PS.  We had a successful day of potty training too!



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