October 29, 2009
So far, with the exception of electrical work, most of the work on our project has been restricted to the new addition, the kitchen, and the basement. Well, recently all that ended as Anne Brady began removing wallpaper from the hallway, upstairs and down, and repairing some old water damage to the ceiling of our dining room.
We debated long and hard about removing the paper, which was actually in very good condition, and seemed to fit the character of the house nicely. Once we decided the paper should come down, we spent many hours looking at new wallpaper samples with the help of Robin Abber at The Four Walls in Newton. Her books, her eye, and her instinct for quality and color are amazing! After a lot of soul searching, we decided that we will paint the space rather than replace the paper—at least for now. Robin, we'll be back! So it's back to the paint fan deck. What do you all think of the Benjamin Moore color "Philadelphia Cream" for a hallway?
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Well, Philadelphia Cream is a very pleasant and relaxing color, but we would prefer if it were named Harrisburg Cream in honor of Pennsylvania's Capital City and a lovely autumn hue in these parts. I think I can see at least the first coat on the webcam and it looks lovely.
Love, Mom-in-Law Pierce
I like the color but personally think it is a bit dark. I looked on Benjamin Moores website and saw a color by the name of Lighthouse that I thought would be a bit brighter. I know you liked your wall paper but also think you are making a wiser choice in painting the area as to have a professional wall paperer do your stairway would be more expensive. Much easier maintenance wise too. Here is an idea why don't you check out those special rollers that leave painted designs on the wall. Certainly much cheaper than wall paper. Hope you have your heat on now so they can paint.
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Loving the ghost-and-goblin Web Cam!!
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Tearing down wall paper always tends to leave a surprise for people. You never know what you will find under there.
I'm glad you decided to paint. The wallpaper was nice, but dated. The painted walls will add a much calmer look and feel to a crowded, busy place like the stairwell. Plus the cost, trouble, time and expense of hanging wallpaper in a stairwell ... yikes! Paint was a good choice.
Tom, this is more than a tip it is a recommendation to all home owners that have plaster wrapped around the corners of doors. windows and passageways. Take the time and money to learn how to add molding around these areas as not only as you say makes the home look gourges but it will make your frends envey you and your house. Yes it may make the house worth more than the standard hpme wjere you live and if yoi decide to sell it you will loose a little money but if you intend to stay at least 5 years befor you sell it will pay for its beauty when a releater sees the inside. My only sugestion is to finish all the pieces before you assemble it on the floor and to glue all the corners at you assemble the casement you are building. Bravo on the butiful work insted of the garbage looking doors and windows along with passageways. I also like molding where the cieling and the wall connect and in the corrners. In an eating area a chair reil will set off that room like no one will beleve and if you do it your self and have a shaper in your wood shop you can all ways make a lot of the molding you want to install. PS: for some years I wa a member of the Carpenters, Electriction, and Plumbers Unions learning great trades I used in Professional Theater building Sets and making my house looking better than any in the area. A well kept house is a beautiful house to me!!!!
What a pleasant surprise to see my mother's Idaho County wallpaper in the hallway of your project. She insisted on wallpaper throughout their home when it was built in 1935 and had many patterns through the years. This pattern was the last and was installed in the early 1960s. It was still in great shape when the house was sold in 2002 but has since been replaced with drywall and paint. Probably a wise decision, but the house loses some of its original flavor. I'm jealous of all your book space. Enjoy!
Nostalgic in Idaho
Painting is a much safer approach than wall paper. Wall paper is fine, but what a pain when you have water damage. I've dealt with both and if you have water damage most times the wall paper needs to be taken down otherwise you can get mold growing behind it.
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Could some one direct me to the video or text on the website which shows Anne Brady's ceiling repair thank you