I haven’t had such a DIY-heavy weekend like this in a while. I won’t be able to cover all of it in one post, so I’ll just focus on the pantry wall area for today. And the best part is, the pictures actually tell most of the story:
(Oh, and I’m technically not going to call this a Dueling DIY post even though it’s about the kitchen… there is more to cover on Wednesday’s update, and I figured this could be a sort of mini-update until then.) When we last left off about this area in the kitchen, the trim had been painted, leaving only the wallpapered walls left to deal with. I could have/should have done it the other way around (and the right way, by removing the paper before painting trim), but four coats of paint is far less frustrating than stubborn wallpaper, so I guess we’ll chalk it up to my avoidance of something I hate doing even more than painting trim for the umpteenth time. For the last few years, I’ve been steadily removing the wallpaper from every wall in this house, and the kitchen is the very last room with ugly wallpaper in it. And, not to be outdone, the kitchen has proved to also be the most difficult room in which to remove said wallpaper.
To start, I pried the top of the trim off of the door and exposed the underlying frame. Sorry for not grabbing a picture of that part, but you can see some photos below where the top trim piece is missing. And just as I suspected, this also exposed a peeled area of wallpaper that I could take full advantage of and get under to begin peeling the stubborn paper off.
About halfway through the top section, I noticed the reason why this paper was so much more difficult than the other walls in the house: two ugly layers of paper. The results are less than perfect. I tore plenty of drywall paper off with each peel. It’s exactly as frustrating as gluing three pieces of paper together and trying to pry the first two off without damaging the third (there’s no primer or skim coat on the drywall, so the wallpaper was just pasted directly on top and fused together). Also known as damn near impossible.
But, I’ve been through this before. I could repair it with just a few skim coats. And that’s where this:
And then this:
Not bad for a weekend’s results, eh? How was your weekend? Do anything productive?