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What I did over Memorial Day weekend…or, why I am the best daughter in the world!

May 31st, 2010 | Posted by Emily in Bungie on the Road | Emily's Parent's House | Home Improvement

My parent’s house in Nebraska is, shall we say, not exactly a model of 21st century living. There is tons of wallpaper, almond colored toilets (apparently this was popular in the 80s?!), and more brass accents than I care to mention. But, with a little help from their darling daughter and her hot, intelligent, sexy handyman husband, we are slowly bringing my parent’s house up to date.

We decided to start this major overhaul of their house over Memorial Day weekend (relaxation, what’s that?) with their kitchen. First, feast your eyes on the before:

Check out that yellow sink! And the wallpaper!  And the yellow range hood?! Oh my, we had our work cut out for us! We knew we needed to start with the wallpaper, which we thought would take maybe, maybe, MAYBE one day but, oh no! It took 20 hours of work between 3 people to get the devil paper down! I even posted something about it on Facebook to get some ideas from friends. I heard everything from using a steamer, fabric softener, and soap. Well, we went with two different wallpaper removers, one from Lowe’s and one from Home Depot. The Lowe’s version is called Piranha and I wouldn’t recommend it – it was gloopy and didn’t spread well so it took twice as long to take care of a section. We did like the Piranha scraper though! The second remover we used was from Home Depot called WP Chomp. It was AMAZING! Not only did it get the job done quickly, but it’s also non-toxic, hypoallergenic and smelled like oranges! I definitely recommend it for anyone who’s planning on taking on the thankless task of removing wallpaper. Here’s a shot of the walls sans wallpaper:

This is my one “mid-way through” picture…the wallpaper is stripped and we had just begun to re-paint the cabinets a bright white (Behr’s Falling Snow). By the way, we used Behr’s Paint + Primer for the first time this weekend. The verdict? I liked it but I don’t think it was necessarily worth the extra $7 per gallon. Luckily, Home Depot was running a Memorial Day sale where you could get a $5 rebate for every gallon of Behr paint you bought, so that helped with the cost.  Okay, are you ready for the big reveal? Keep in mind, this isn’t the absolute “After” pic because we still haven’t replaced the counters or the sink & faucet, and the cabinet doors are still drying so we haven’t re-hung them. I am also working on convincing my parents to upgrade to stainless steel appliances. Let’s call these my “Temporary After Pictures.” So, after 43 hours of work, we have:

The wall color is Behr’s Pale Honey. The pictures don’t do the color justice, but it is such a nice, pale yellow. Daniel replaced my parents outlets with GFCI outlets to protect them from being electrocuted. Apparently this wasn’t required when the house was built – isn’t that crazy? Maybe it wasn’t invented yet, I don’t know. Anyways…I picked out the light plates, nice, huh? What a team we make! By the way, can we all please take a moment to check out the pattern on my parent’s 1970’s counter tops. Seriously, they are amazing. Love it. Let’s take a close up:

So, that’s what  I did over my vacation. We’re heading back to KC today for a couple hours of rest and relaxation before we head back to work on Tuesday…seriously, where did the weekend go?

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3 Responses

  • avatar Heather says:

    Great job! I’ve had great luck with a wallpaper removal trick I saw on HGTV. You take newspaper and a spraybottle filled with water. Plaster every wallpaper surface with the newspaper then spray the heck out of it with the water bottle and let it soak on there until you have it all sopping wet, then go back and it easily peels right off!
    Of course every situation is different, but it’s worked for me in two houses :)
    Can’t wait to see your finished product!

  • avatar Katrina says:

    Wow great work already, I’m glad you found the right rpoduct to removed the wall paper – the kitchen already looks so much larger.

    I love the yellow chairs I saw a peek of ! very cute :)

    • avatar Emily says:

      Thanks! My mom was talking about painting the chairs white but I want to paint them so they are a brighter yellow – we’ll see who wins! She’s going for a “French Country Kitchen” look and I can’t wait to finish it up when she gets back from her trip to France in July!