Paper trails

We’ve been wallpapering …

It started with a bit of flaking plaster and cracked paint around the window. Something needs to be done at Grandma’s house. That was the general consensus. Deciding on an economical, yet pleasing solution took a bit of thinking.

And then one day when the the three of us were shopping at a flea market, mom spotted bins of wallpaper for next to nothing. Miraculously — and I do mean miraculously — we all agreed that it was perfect. It’s a soft red with a creamed floral pattern. Perfect with the lighter-toned woodwork and kitchen cabinets.

As for the once upon a time water damaged wall … beadboard. It covered the mess quickly and no one had to sand or scrape or patch or make a plaster mess.One wall easily fixed.

My mom and sister worked on this wall with its tiny corners and silly spaces while I papered the big wall to the right. Trust me, I had the easier job. My paper required cutting around a thermostat and an outlet. Theirs? You can see for yourself.

Our biggest dilemma (aside from a heated argument about curtains) was whether or not to replace the light switches. Grandma loved her apples and they were everywhere, including the switch covers. In the end, mom decided to replace them. And I’m glad.

Besides … now the whole room looks like a big, juicy apple!

And wait until you see the piece of furniture we picked up for that big wall I was telling you about! We plan to frame some black and white photos of days gone by and hang on the wall. Stay tuned for updates!

Oh … you may be wondering: “If your grandma is gone and no one lives there, why are you wallpapering the kitchen?”

To be honest, we don’t know. It’s just that it’s a part of this farm, it’s a place that we all love and it deserves some love every once in awhile, too!

P.S. I apologize for the quality of my cell phone photos!

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    mothergoose April 20, 2011 (7:44 am)

    :+) I have to say that little wall did kind of stink…but…it was nothing compared to the time Dickey-do-dah had with the thermostat! Thank goodness for his brilliance and kind heart he got it back on the wall! Can’t wait to see it with the art and moms lace curtains! Haha!!

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    Mary Poppins April 20, 2011 (8:59 am)

    Oh, wow! I really, really like it!

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    Connie April 20, 2011 (8:47 pm)

    It seems I missed out on all the fun. Looks great.
    And of course who knows why we keep thinking we have to re-decorate. There must be a method to our madness out there somewhere.

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    Nashville April 20, 2011 (9:13 pm)

    It looks great! I wish I could come see it in person. I love that you are giving that sweet little house some attention. Miss you Grandma, and I hope you love the new wallpaper and decorations. I know you’re up there watching over us and I love you so much!

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    mothergoose April 21, 2011 (7:07 am)

    connie- I’m not 100% sure fun is what you missed! Haha! It does look beautiful though!