Wallpaper Dilemma

Before our contractors were finished here, they started working on Eli’s wallpaper in his big boy room. They noticed that it was bubbling up a bit, so they decided to stop until the weather became warmer.  Apparently freezing cold walls can mess up wallpaper installation, who knew? Our contractor told us to call them once it got warmer so they could finish the project.

I mentioned this week, that we decided to make Eli’s new room our next priority, and that meant finishing up the wallpaper install. Instead of calling our contractor, we decided to look for a professional wallpaper installer since there were more projects in the house that will eventually need wallpapering.  This way we could test them out and see if we wanted to hire them again in the future.  After receiving a few quotes, we were shocked with how much it would cost to do a tiny portion of a room.  I looked on Thumbtack and TaskRabbit, that was a no go.  So, our next best option was…David.

David thinks he can do everything, and he can, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he can do everything extremely well. Cough cough closet cough cough. He was convinced that he could do this project too.  So after searching Pinterest, watching some YouTube videos, and reading some articles, he decided to do it himself.  I was super nervous considering wallpaper isn’t cheap, but if he thought he could do it, I trusted him.  Oy.

After we purchased the materials, it was time to get to work.  As David was setting up, he noticed that the contractors completely screwed up the wallpaper. They didn’t cut correctly- you are supposed to leave an extra two inches on the top and bottom. They didn’t line it up well according to the pattern, and the seams didn’t look good (which could be weather related).  David had to work some magic to make the remaining wallpaper fit properly. He had some issues with creases, and the seams, but overall it looks really good.

Because of the botched cut job, there wasn’t enough wallpaper to cover both the top and bottom.  We had to choose if we wanted the top of the wall to have “wall” showing, or the bottom.  We decided to leave room at the top, because we can always add crown molding to cover up the cutting flaw. Yes, this will take up more time and is essentially another project, but I think crown will look so good in this room!

Besides the top having some wall showing, you would think that a professional installed the wallpaper, so that is great.  Would I allow David to do it again, eh probably not, but it saved us some money in the meantime, and now Eli’s room is that much closer to being completed!

Closing Off the Kitchen

As you all know, we are building a new kitchen and are converting the old kitchen into a pantry and the old laundry room into a mudroom.  We knocked down the wall separating the old kitchen eating area from the old family room (new kitchen) which basically created one giant room.  We love the old eating area because there are such pretty bay windows, so we decided to build a wall to separate the old kitchen from the new one, but we kept the eating area in the new kitchen. Confusing, I know. Basically, we just moved a wall if that makes more sense.  This wall will separate the new kitchen from the new pantry. The wall looks great and makes the kitchen look so much more complete. I am loving the look, but am even more excited for the amount of space we will have in our new pantry.  It is going to be absolutely insane!

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Safety First

Eli is becoming taller and stronger every day.  Now that we have two kids, I can’t focus on Eli 100% of the time.  Dax naps multiple times a day and I can’t have Eli sit in the room with me while I put him down or else Dax will never go down.  Eli just doesn’t have the concept of “quiet” down quite yet.  His new favorite thing to do is to lean over the railing to look at what is happening downstairs.  My biggest fear is that I would be tending to Dax and Eli would have an accident over this railing.  So, David and I decided that it just was way too unsafe to keep our railing as is, we thought it would be best to build a half wall.  He shouldn’t be able to climb it or fall over it.

David is a man of all trades, but we learned that building this wall was a two man job. Thankfully my dad was in town last week and helped him build the wall.  We couldn’t be more appreciative of his help last week because this project wouldn’t have gotten done.

Here is the progress for the wall.  It doesn’t look like much now, but it’s going to be beautiful when it’s done.  I have lots of ideas and I can’t wait to execute some of them!

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