Last Updated on January 16, 2017 by Kristi Linauer
Well, how’d I do on my first clickbait blog post title? 😀 Are y’all as tired as I am at seeing those? I feel like my Facebook wall is filled with things that are UNBELIEVABLE, and UNIMAGINABLE, and AWESOME, and UNEXPECTED, and on, and on. But this one came to me yesterday as I was working, and it made me laugh, so I had to. And somehow I felt it was fitting. 😀
I had already told y’all that the wall mural in the entryway didn’t make the cut with my “decorating reboot,” right? Well, what I didn’t tell you is that none of the decorative wall trim made the cut, either. So I spent the day yesterday removing it.
I know y’all have come to expect do-overs from me, but I think this one’s probably a bit shocking, right? The thing is that all of this trim was kind of like my green kitchen. While I loved it, I just couldn’t get it to work. Ever since I installed it, this room has felt so busy, with all of those lines and rectangles everywhere. And I’m just in a place right now where I need some calm.
I originally thought that just removing the frames below the windows would be enough, but the more I looked at this room and tried to figure out what I wanted to do, the more I realized that the frames below the windows weren’t my only issue.
All of it was an issue. So all of it had to go.
I still love wainscoting and picture frame moulding. But one of the things that made it not work in this room is that this room is filled with doorways and windows, and wainscoting and picture frame moulding work better (in my opinion) in a room that has long expanses of uninterrupted wall space. This was just the wrong room for it.
I wasn’t planning on jumping into this just yet. I thought this project might still be a few weeks out. While I knew I would remove the trim myself, I had planned on hiring out the mudding and sanding so that the finished walls look like new. So I called my drywall guy and asked if he’d come give me an estimate. I figured he’d be too busy to take on this project before Christmas, and was fully prepared to wait until January to get it done.
Well, he showed up early yesterday morning, gave me the estimate ($225, if you’re wondering), and then said, “Okay, well, we’ll be here tomorrow morning to get started.”
WHAT?! I was so shocked! I said, “TOMORROW?! Really?!” He said, “Oh, well…what were you planning? I mean, we can come whenever. Do you want to just call us when you’re ready for us to come?”
Well, I didn’t want to take the chance of putting it off and having them be in the middle of a big project when I was finally ready, so I said, “NO! Tomorrow is perfect! Let’s do tomorrow.” And then I changed my plans for the day and got busy removing wall trim. 😀
I’m really excited to have this done. I just want flat walls with a solid paint color floor to ceiling on these walls. I think that will allow some of the other things in this room, like my fireplace and my draperies, to really stand out a bit more and not compete with all of the rectangles all over the walls and the two-color walls.
The music room wainscoting is staying. I love how it turned in there. It’s just the entryway/living room where it’s being removed.
In other news, my grasscloth which has been on backorder (until December 7th, they told me) is still not available, and the backorder has been extended until February. 🙁 I’m going to cancel the order and choose something else. It’s very disappointing, but there’s no way I want to wait until February when even then there’s no guarantee.
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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