Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Parlor

We decided to paint over the wallpaper in the parlor. You may remember about a year and a half ago I was trying to scrub the wallpaper. It cleaned up ok but it was still discolored.

It doesnt look so bad in the picture but in person it wasn't good. So we decided to go ahead and paint over it. In the end I'm glad we decided to do it. You can still see the wallpaper pattern through the paint and the color is what the wallpaper would have looked like originally.

You cant see the wallpaper pattern in the pictures but you can see it in person.

You can see the one area I didn't paint behind the curtain. I still need to go back and paint that.

You may also notice that the fireplace mantle is different than what was originally here. We found this mantle in an antique shop and it turns out it came from an old victorian house in Fayetteville that I used to drive by every day. It was destroyed in a tornado about 6 years ago.

The mantle has many layers of paint on it, so many that much of the detail is obscured. I will eventually have the mantle dipped to remove it all but for now I put two coats of trim paint on it to clean it up.

I'm also going to be replacing the surround and hearth eventually. I had mentioned in a previous post about how the fake brick surround and hearth tiles were installed in the 40's, and that I had found the original hearth tiles underneath the brick tiles.



Reuben Collins said...

cool post. I'm curious why you decided to paint over the wallpaper instead of remove it?

Jason and Heather said...

Sorry, I forgot to mention that!

The wallpaper is vinyl and put up in the 40's, it comes off very easily. Underneath it is about 3 layers of older paper wallpaper. This stuff is very hard to remove. It would probably take me weeks to remove all of the wallpaper.

Jayne said...

Using a steamer makes removing wallpaper a lot easier--still messy and time-consuming, but not nearly as bad as trying to scrape it off with a putty knife.