Yesterday I wrote about scraping wallpaper border backing in the guest room.
I took a few snaps this morning to share with you.
The room has only this one window which is a very deep window well outside and the view is the support wall. An adequate amount of light comes into the room so it isn't dark, and nobody can see in, but at night the bare window has a "black hole" effect that I dislike. There was already a curtain rod so I dug out some curtain panels that I bought a long time ago at a Goodwill store and hung them temporarily to soften the look. With this length I can display things on the wide sill at the bottom. The curtains look like filet crochet and the pattern near the bottom is of star quilt blocks.
This small quilt is vintage and was handmade. I bought it from a friend back in Indiana when she offered it to me at a great price. It was on a quilt ladder in the room but yesterday I spread it across the bed to let it rest and also I wanted to look at these colors with the bed.
A close-up of the green iron headboard
This older dresser and attached mirror were John's.
This low oak dresser or chest is a piece I found at an antique store years ago in Terre Haute, Indiana and I got it at a great price. I love the patina of old oak furniture.
This is where I began scraping yesterday on the wall above the bed. I used a spray bottle of plain water which loosened the paper and I scraped it with a putty knife.
This is a close-up of the corner of the window wall where I peeled wallpaper. The white is where the backing also came off as I stripped it, the darker color is the paper backing that stuck to the wall. I am unsure that I will attempt scraping the entire wall and instead may first see how well I can deal with it the way it is, whether I paint or re-paper.
An old "before" picture of the wallpaper
As the room is an eclectic mixture of furniture, I am trying to decide how I want this room to look when I am finished. My taste includes country and cottage looks. I don't think I am pulled toward a modernistic style for this room.
Given that the backing remains stuck to this entire wall, I may choose to hang wallpaper again; if I do, then do I want to paper only one wall? What colors and design do I want? Or, perhaps I may wish to paint it and if that is my decision, how well will the paint cover this wall with the backing still left on? I truly do not want to have to scrape it with a putty knife and I don't want to use a steamer as in a few places the backing that has come off also removed the paint beneath it.
One more thing, I want to hang curtains that will cover the window at night. I will keep them open but want the option of closing them. I believe I will leave these crocheted curtains inside the window and just add longer drapes on another rod.
I don't feel gifted with the eye of an interior decorator, but I know what I like and dislike. I simply need to pull my thoughts together and come up with a plan before attempting anything.
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What a difference a week can make. It was so cold last Tuesday and today we have 60s and lots of rain is on the way and possibly storms. I heard thunder earlier but it was quickly over. I haven't yet decided what I'll do with the rest of the day but since the morning is nearly over I suppose I'd better be getting on with it.
I will see you next time.
'Till then, have a lovely day and evening.