The #1 rule we had for ourselves when we decided to purchase this home just a few short months ago was “update one room at a time”. There is a project, or an update of some sort, needed in every single room. However, after spending a great deal of time in the kitchen, I “persuaded” Graham to let me remove the wallpaper and paint the room. I did look around for new wallpaper and even check out somewhere like soundproofpanda.com for inspiration but decided to paint instead. I argued this would be a “quick” project to give the kitchen a little more of a fresh feel. This post is how we removed wallpaper, taped off, primed, and painted our entire kitchen in just one day.
The previous owners chose a very rustic/outdoor/hunting theme for the kitchen. As you can see, the bottom half of the walls were painted green using a faux painting technique, the top halves were a cream color, and the middle of each wall featured a lovely wallpaper border.
Fun fact: I really dislike most wallpaper borders, so this particular aspect of the kitchen was what really drove me to want a change.
Here is a glimpse of the kitchen before any sort of change occurred:
Although hard to see in these pictures, make sure to check out the very unique cabinet treatment. The previous owners decided to paint only the frames of the cabinets mint green leaving the doors of the cabinets stained wood. This is another one of the things I really want to change, but it is going to have to wait until it is the kitchen’s turn in the “one room at a time” rule.
Until that time comes, removing the wallpaper and painting the walls was going to be just the ticket to refresh the space a bit.
In our minds (for what we envision when we actually do update the room) we see bright white cabinets, blue walls, black appliances/countertops, and the floor choice is still TBD. Since that is what we are leaning towards for the future renovation, we thought, “Why not paint the room blue so we can see how we like it?”
Now, we couldn’t pick just any blue. All of the cabinet walls and frames are mint green. The countertops are a faux wood grain linoleum and the sink is yellow, so we didn’t want it to start turning into too much (more) of a color circus. Graham’s mom and sister helped me choose the perfect coordinating blue and then we were off to Menards to have the paint mixed!
2012 Kitchen Remodel Update – As you can see in this post, we decided not to keep the blue color once we did our full renovation.
So, as the boys went up into the studio to work, the ladies worked in the kitchen. In one day, and one day only, we chose the color (not usually a quick task for me), went to Menards to pick up supplies, removed all the wallpaper, taped off the edges, primed, and painted the entire room.
The first step was taking down that wallpaper. The initial attempts did not go so well:
Luckily, my mother-in-law had some good wallpaper removal tricks and after a very long, and miserable attempt at the first couple of walls, towards the end we were tearing off some ridiculously big pieces:
The trick was very simple – soak the wallpaper on the wall with some water (we used a wet rag) and then just peel away. I can’t believe how well it worked!
I wanted to remind myself everyday of what once was:
We also removed the decorative rail on the corner of a wall. We thought it would be easier than painting around it. We actually did not plan on putting it back up, until we discovered what it looked like underneath:
Underneath that rail edging were many, many different layers of paint (including a time when the kitchen was a bubble gum pink). We found more of the previous color choices underneath the doorbell frame:
2012 Kitchen Remodel Update – see this post where we uncovered even more paint colors when we started the official kitchen remodel demo.
At this point, the walls were primed and ready for the blue paint!
My (very sweet for doing so) sister-in-law did all the painting close to the ceiling because she was the tallest one.
Everyone is probably dying to see the end result — well, there are no pictures to show! Since this isn’t what we feel is the “completed” kitchen renovation, you are going to have to wait until we are in that room in our “one room at a time” world.
2012 Kitchen Remodel Update – see all of the posts from the official kitchen remodel when it became the “one room” we were working on!