We’ve been talking about taking down the wallpaper in our dining room since the first time we walked through this house with our real estate agent.  I’ve been struggling with the decision of what to do with the walls after we remove the wallpaper, so we’ve been living with it for the last couple of years while I tried to make up my mind.  This weekend, though, we decided it was time for the wallpaper to go so we can get started on the project to update the dining room.

We were pleasantly surprised to find that the wallpaper in this room came down just as easily as the coordinating wallpaper in the sunroom did when we removed it a year or so ago.  We didn’t have to score the wallpaper or soak it with a water & vinegar solution.  There was virtually no scraping either and there’s not much glue left on the walls.  We’re considering ourselves pretty lucky.

The Old Dining Room Wallpaper

The Old Dining Room Wallpaper

After Removing the Wallpaper

After Removing the Wallpaper

Not sure that the dining room looks that much better now, but we’re hoping it will be a nice transformation by the time we’re done.  Our plan for the room is to have an electrician come in to replace the old knob and tube wiring to the light fixtures and then have a plasterer come in to repair the walls where there are cracks  and holes.  We also have a few places where the plaster is separating from the lath behind it, so we’re hoping the plasterer will be able to repair that as well.  Once the plaster work is done, we’re thinking about installing picture moldings below the chair rail that will be painted the same color as the trim.  Above the trim, we’re thinking of painting the walls a darker gray color, but I’m still working on finding the right shade that doesn’t look too blue or too tan (a task that’s much harder than it should be!)

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