Tag Archives: Wallpaper

Little project — wallpaper in cabinets

22 Jan

I really like wallpaper. And I really like cabinets. So what could be better than wallpapering a cabinet?!? (Please see “stripey hallway” for evidence of this claim).

So anyway, I have lots of leftover wallpaper from my dining room and thought it would make a lot of sense to install it on the back of the two matching dining room cabinets/sideboards/buffets (call them what you will) that hold dishes and glasses. And I was right — it did make a lot of sense.

I’m broke (and clearly quite bored), so I just used glue rather than wallpaper paste. I thought scotch tape would work, but it didn’t. And I also tried staples — nope. Thumbtacks would have been good, but none at hand, so I used some wood glue.

Here are the photos:


Powder room that roars

9 Sep

I’m not a good photographer, so please forgive the photos. I see so many photos of people’s homes on their own blogs that look tremendously crisp and amazing and professional. And then I try to do that at home and I get washed out colors from the flash, or a totally dark room with no flash… and forget about those crazy close ups other people do. Oh well!

Here are some mediocre photos of my quite fabulous powder room. This is on the ground floor (where the kitchen, home office, stripey hallway and door to the dirt-floor basement can be found). When I moved in in 2002, it was a full bath, with a pink-ish tub and shower where the washer and dryer now live. I believe it was all white (since everything in the house was all white when I bought it), but for some reason I have blocked it out of my mind.

My inspiration for this room was the brown pedestal sink ($50) and black granite floor tiles ($1.00 each) that I bought at my local Re-Store. (BTW, I’ve decide to post the costs of things, since I would want to know if I were reading this blog). Then I went brown on the walls. Brown paint, that is. And I thought I would do some sort of glazed finish. It was like sitting inside someone’s colon, and strangely unconducive to a bathroom.

So then I found some wallpaper… ooo la la — leopard and architectural froo fraas. I don’t remember the makers or the precise cost, but it was around $300. So I hired someone to do the wallpapering, which cost more than the wallpaper (around $400.) It was after that experience that I decided to learn how to wallpaper. 🙂

I wanted to hide the washer and dryer, and considered painting them in a camoflauging leopard pattern, but thought better of it and found some fabric to make drapes. I looked everywhere for a matching leopard fabric, and finally settled on this nice soft one (kind of furry, but not in a gross troll doll sort of way) at Jo-Ann’s fabric ($40.00 with a discount coupon). The ceiling curtain rod is from Ikea and cost maybe $5.00

Then I realized that the ceiling was incredibly plain (it was white — gasp!). I started wallpapering with leopard scraps, thinking I would easily buy another roll if/when I ran out. So of course I ran out and the paper was no longer available. Plan B: remove the paper, don’t bother cleaning up the glue, and paint it with gold paint resulting in an interestingly textured ceiling.


Guest Room. Done.

6 Apr

I love my guest room. I am thinking about going on vacation in the guest room. I’ll sleep in one bed, the dog in the other. I have visions of her wearing some sort of frilly lace cap and nightgown with four arm holes. Kind of like the big bad wolf, only little and cute (but still with her massive jaws of death, snoring away).

Anyway, I had the ceiling repaired (finally, this year, 2009) after the 2005 roof leak. I wanted to get rid of the dreadful popcorn ceiling and got a couple of quotes — my options included a coffered effect with eco-friendly masonite ($2400) or all-over drywall ($1700). Instead, I went with the fixing the popcorn and painting it ($260 for the fix, $30 for a bucket of paint and my labor for painting it). I think that the dark, flat green paint makes it recede a bit. 

The wallpaper was an e-bay find. It’s called “Roman Toile” and from some unknown manufacturer. Vinyl and prepasted (unlike most of the vintage unpasted paper I have
 used in the house, it was a breeze and much less messy to install – I almost felt like I was cheating!). I got a whole case of it — 12 rolls — for $252.00 (Free shipping). I just checked ebay to put a link to this seller, but found they’re no longer on ebay. Guess I got it just in time!


The fabulous beds (and Martha Washington bedspreads) were a Craigslist find from an old house aficionado in West Hartford, CT. They are gorgeous and I think the finials fit in perfectly with my urns and birds theme. 

Already had the other furniture, except for the perfect little nightstand from my friend Liz. The drapes are home-made (still need blackout liner because it is SO bright SO early in that room — it’s on the fourth floor, so nothing blocks the sun from beating down on it).

Have been reading up on what to have in a guest room, and find that fresh water, some snacks, and electricity are a must. I plan to add a radio, writing paper and stamps (maybe some Springfield postcards), and a couple of luggage stands. 

I LOVE having a nice guest room, and can’t wait to be able to afford a nice guest bathroom. Looking forward to some summer guests from Servas International!