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20141206_181614I’m starting to strip the wallpaper in the “twin” room to the living room – the library. And since everything I do in this room is similar to the last, I won’t bore you with the details. I will, however, give  a nod to the disposable gloves that make stripping the wall paper so much cleaner.

This weekend, after heading to the city for window shopping with Andy and Gracie, I stripped wallpaper when I could, and got most of the room done. The reality of Christmas came down hard this morning, with a huge list of things left to accomplish and so very few days! I hope everyone is having a joyous season!

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20141129_20392320140719_132720Over the weekend I scrubbed the house and put up the tree (to the left, to the left, doesn’t it look great!?). I promised myself I would not start a new project yet, but I had a spare hour on Sunday between church and my mom’s apartment Christmas party. So I donned the disposable coveralls, disposable face mask, and started stripping wallpaper from what will be my library. I know, it’s an obsession!

This room is the twin to the living room, and I will simply be stripping wallpaper, painting the walls and trim in the same colors as the living room, and polishing the floors. You can see the before photos here. I may need to purchase some furniture for this one. Aside from that, this room should not cost me anything additional. I’ll go through the steps with you here, though.

I will be using the coveralls, the knee pads (when I go over each parquet square, the sticky pads really save my middle-age knees!), our Purdy rollers and Merit Pro paint brushes (still going strong!), and disposable gloves for painting.20140719_132736

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20140719_13281320141122_081212I took one week to give the wood in the living room some attention – it’s parquet that was salvaged from an area school gym back in the 60’s. I went over each square, scraping and polishing, first with wood cleaner and restorer, then lemon oil, then did the same again to the wainscoting. I used the disposable knee pads from Discount Safety Gear, as well as orange oil and a plastic scraper.

I will have Andy come over and help move furniture this week and then call this one good. It was under budget and done quickly, which I really needed! I am still at about $80 for this room and have enough paint to do the library similarly. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until after the first of the year for that, as I need to take a break. But here are the before and after photos of my living room. I may update after I finish with the decorating details.

20141122_081304On Thanksgiving Andy and I slept in four days in a row (we typically get up individually between 4:30 and 5AM) and enjoyed leisurely coffee and television – two things we typically don’t ever get. I took Black Friday off and enjoyed part of a hockey tournament. Then I went through all of my Christmas ornaments in preparation of next week.

20141122_145432I wanted to include a before (left) and after (right) photo of the fireplace area (you can see the new paint vs. the old wallpaper). My mom shared with me this weekend that the beam for the mantle came from the Bradford house. There is so much rich history in this house!

20140719_132755In December I will decorate and clean what I can, as well as I can. I hope you join me! (who likes to clean and decorate alone!?)

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Wallpaper memories

Thanksgiving is almost here, and I am glad this is a quick room! I have used orange oil on all of the wood so it is rich and smells wonderful. As I had stripped the wallpaper, I watched the years roll in reverse.

Friday night I visited my mom and helped her with a couple things, then hit the grocery store. This weekend Andy was – you guessed it – away for more hockey. I have noticed the weekends he’s gone, I pack a lot of social stuff in that I normally can’t, because of his erratic schedule. And for him being away, I am busier than ever!

Saturday morning I got up early and patched the nailholes, and cleaned and deglossed all areas I was repainting, using a scrubby and Construction Gear’s disposable gloves. I love the deglosser because it’s like liquid sandpaper – you get the results fresh paint will stick to, without all the elbow grease. I painted everything, using our Purdy paint rollers and paint brushes. I also wore the disposable smocks, to which I have become addicted! I had brought home 3 choices of steely green and creamy white, and the pair Grace chose was the same one I liked, and I am glad. Doesn’t this look great?After

In the evening, my friend Gale came over and we practiced the Christmas music we will take to local nursing homes next month. ‘Tis the season! When all was said and done, I worked 15 hours.

Sunday after church, I put the house on hold and went over to Andy’s, since he was home. We enjoyed some time in the kitchen – I baked some of our English Tea Store scones for our Monday meeting, plus I wanted to have a meal ready to help smooth the transition from traveling to work week. I made him and the girls a tortellini casserole. I love the smells of cooking during the winter.

This week in the evenings I will paint the trim by taping it off, and then put the insulating glass back in the windows.

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