Deuce Cities Henhouse

Chugging Along.

Wallpaper love!
So, I guess this dewallpaper/rewallpaper/paint the music room project was a little bit bigger that I expected it would be, but NO regrets. It’s not like I could’ve lived with the room the way it was forever, that 80′s country wallpaper had to go! Things are coming a long though, I actually had to hire a professional handyman to help with repairing the walls. It turns out the wallpaper was covering up a real bad plaster job. Not to worry Ken, (the handyman, and my parents neighbor and all around good dude) is here to save the day! We’re slowly getting closer to seeing this oh-so-awesome ferm living feather wallpaper up on these walls.

As you can see in the photo below, he skim coated the crap out of these walls and he’s coming back tomorrow for one 3rd and final coat (that’s right, I said 3rd coat.) Anyway, I am getting really excited to seeing this baby done, and there still is a possibility for it to all come together before the January 1st deadline. I’ll keep ya posted…

Skim coating the walls!
Oh, and one last thing, it’s my 30th birthday this weekend!!! Let’s hope this is the last post I put up using my camera phone. A little bird told me I should be expecting some sort of picture perfect present!!!!! (Bad pun, sorry.)

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I Made it to the AT Color Contest Finals!

Teal Blue & Gray Living Room
Hey Everybody,
About 3 weeks ago I decided that I needed to do something more productive with my days. I was feeling kind of down and out and needed to get my butt in gear so I decided to throw my hat into the Apartment Therapy Room for Color Contest ring. I totally didn’t think anything would come from it but to my surprise I WON my division and now am one of the 4 contestants left in the finals!!

If you think my room is cool and you don’t mind taking a second to visit Apartment Therapy, please vote fer me! I’d appreciate it.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!

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Checking Things Off My List (goodbye wallpaper)

DEWALLPAPERING COMPLETE!

DEWALLPAPERING COMPLETE!
Happy Friday Everyone!

Today I wanted to share an update on my projects that I need to get done before the end of the year. I am making progress!! I am a nap time warrior!!! Over the last two weeks I have removed all the wallpaper in the future “music room” and it was a huge task to say the least. It was def not one of those easy peasy tear the wallpaper off in 5 minute projects that you sometimes hear about (Erin Rooney, I’m talking to you). It came of in teeny tiny little pieces and took FOREVER. What I have learned throughout the process is that steamers were to harsh on my walls. they helped get the wallpaper off but it also took the paint off in the layers underneath the paper AND it was so hot it made the wallpaper glue all sticky and hard to deal with. The best method for me was using a paper tiger wallpaper remover (not to be confused with thee Paper Tiger) then soaking the walls for about 5 minutes with warm water applied with a sponge. Then after a spray with vinegar and water I went to town. The paper started coming off in bigger chunks leaving behind the backing paper which came off like butter after soaking in the vinegar solution for a few minutes. I am so glad I am done, but now I have bigger fish to fry. I need to patch and sand the entire room and then paint and wallpaper. I am getting excited to see the end result as I think it will look totally awesome.

In other news, I saw this super cool how to on taking paint off vintage door hardware over at Manhattan Nest and I am adding it to my post new years things to do. I am also totally kicking ass in the current Apartment Therapy color contest. I entered during the final day on a whim with the thought I needed to do something productive in my life and now I am on the leader board for my division. Vote for me if you think I am worthy, I’d appreciate the support.

Have a killer weekend.

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Ahhh, I Did It.

Committing myself to a project.
I committed to myself to this wallpaper project yesterday during nap time, I couldn’t stand it anymore and had to start in. I knew it was the only way I’d get it done. I will confess I did not have any of the tools I should’ve had, I grabbed a bucket of hot water and sponge from the kitchen and went to town. It came down in small pieces but it wasn’t too much trouble and I felt like I made a good amount of progress in no time. I guess I know how I will be spending nap times for the next few days. I’ll keep you posted.

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Cross-Stitch iPhone Case

Cross stitch phone case.
I saw this post about cross-stitch iPhone cases at the purl bee a few weeks ago and I had to have one. I was in the market for a phone case anyway, after about the 500th time of dropping the phone down the stairs I figured it was time. It took me about a week (off and on of course) to finish this case, and I think it’s pretty sweet. Get yours too at purlsoho.com!

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