Monday, July 28, 2014

In which the Results are Revealed

Thanks for weighing in! Here were the results of the poll:

The purpose was to pick out a project to work on before my parents saw the house. After these highly conclusive results, we ... drumroll, please .... finished the breakfast bar wall. Because we're contrary like that, apparently. Basically, my husband did not want to try to move the ridiculously heavy sleeper chair from the living room to the office, so upon seeing these results he suddenly developed major enthusiasm for finishing this half-wall. Thanks to all of your for the indirect motivation!

So first, we nailed a flexible hardboard to the studs.

Breakfast bar, all opened up. 

Brett measures the board for the wall.
Isn't he handsome when he's concentrating?

We nail in the board, which successfully bends around the curved corner
without snapping off and hitting me in the face. Woohoo!

Hermie inspects the work.

No more studs! Except the one in the grey shirt.

It looks so much better already! So then we had this product I've been dying to try - beadboard wallpaper. The whole home blogging community seems to rave about it. Basically, looks and feels like real beadboard, but it goes on in a sheet like wallpaper. It's also paintable. This seemed perfect to go around that wacky curved corner. We used the Martha Stewart brand, but it's similar to the stuff below:

We had to try a couple times to mix the wallpaper paste (it clumped up the first time - guess we added the powder to the water too fast), but once we got going, it went up so easily! The hardest part was keeping up the constant vigilance necessary to prevent the dog from eating paste.

Brett and Hermie eat apply the paste.

First strip!


We still have to apply the trim and paint, which hopefully we'll do this week. More pictures then!

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