With a few of our rooms finally starting to take shape and our inability to finish a project or room before starting another, we spent the weekend stripping the wallpaper in our dining room.
On the pictures it really doesn’t look too bad, but in real life, the walls are dirty, marked and a really just really grimy.
The bright white paint around the built-in shelves and light switch really doesn’t help make the rest of the wall look any better. If there’s one DIY job we’ve learned in this house it’s how to strip walls and woodwork.
Whilst it’s not the most exciting of jobs (you can read about our method for stripping wallpaper here), it is strangely satisfying to see the dirty paper disappear from the wall.
About half way through stripping the walls, I realised that it’s the last room in the house that still has wallpaper! Okay, so technically some of the kitchen is still wallpapered, but the work required in there is so extensive, that we’ll pretty much be starting from scratch.
Bizarrely I actually find the rough plastered wall much prettier than the papered one. Yes, it’s rough, but at least it’s not pretending to be something it’s not.
Don’t worry though, we’ve not gone completely mad, we’re planning on having half of the room skimmed as soon as possible.
What were you up to this weekend? Did you do any DIY? Do you have wallpaper in your home or do you prefer smooth plastered walls like us?