|After finished product|
|Before, big mess|
Lately I have been suffering from an acute nesting urge. For the past month I have been in a re-decorating, re-modeling frenzy. First I re-painted and re-decorated my son's old room. For two years now I have kept it looking like a kids room, but I figured since he is in the air force, there isn't a need to have it kept as a shrine to childhood. No, I didn't ditch all the stuff, I packed it away neatly, and now I have a new sewing room to go with my new sewing machine, which I have yet to play with.
Secondly, I re-grouted the tiles in my shower. I must say, not a fun job, but the end result is awesome. Be warned, re-grouting is exhausting and messy. I started the job wearing sweats and a t-shirt but when I began grouting myself, I am embarrassed to say I finished in my underwear.
And thirdly I tackled the ugly wallpaper in my downstairs bathroom that came with the house when we moved in 12 years ago. I've wanted to remove it for ages and I was mistakenly elated when the top portion came off easily. I discovered tan fuzzy paper underneath. Now I will say, I am no expert, but I researched wallpaper removal and bought all the supplies suggested. When I started, I discovered that the commercial stripper didn't work. The commercial scraper broke, and I never even used the perforator. After one day of problems I just looked up home made stripper solutions and found that Fabric softener (any old cheapo kind) mixed with water in a spray bottle worked wonders. A rigid paint scraper worked better than ones made for wallpaper removal. And the second day the job went easier. After the removal I scrubbed the walls with vinegar and water and painted.
It just goes to show you, sometimes home remedies work better than what they say "The pros use."