Friday, December 7, 2012

We've got to do what?

Hello dear friends

We never thought we would be doing this quite so soon.
You are probably wondering what is happening to our lounge??? - well the linen look wallpaper we hung, was not looking good.  The actual paper was so thin and the job looked unprofessional.
It was not like it was cheap or anything and might even talk to the place where we bought it from.
So we ummed and aahed about this and so this morning we got to and started stripping away the paper, so we can start again.  We both thought if we were not 100% happy with this, would only annoy us forever more.
Have you ever done something like this, and it just has not worked for you? maybe a colour of paint. That is another story!
Also we have been waiting on the new flooring which has finally arrived. 
We have gone for a white Arctic walnut, {wide plank} which is sitting waiting to be laid.
So at the moment our room is looking more like a junk shop until it can all come together.

Oh well as they say patience is a virtue.

It's the weekend, so go and enjoy!
I will get back to stripping the wallpaper.


  1. It sounds like you've set yourselves quite a job - just before Christmas.
    I did make my husband re-paint the living room because I thought the paint was a bit lighter than what I really wanted.

  2. Dearest Carolyn,
    OMG, what a hectic job at this time of the year, my friend☆☆☆
    I DO hope these job are not too tiring for you. Thinking about you from Japan.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs, xoxo Miyako*

  3. Dear Carolyn,
    oh...that looks like hard work for the weekend!
    Have a lovely weekend, don't work too hard, my dear friend!
    Sending Love and hugs
    We had lots of snow yesterday! White everywhere!

  4. Sad with the wallpaper, but good to redo when you are displeased.
    Wish you a nice weekend

  5. Hi Carolyn,
    Sorry the wallpaper didn't work should speak to the shop though if it was expensive!Have a good weekend:)
    ~Anne xx


  6. Pity that the wallpaper is not what you expected it to, then you had better change. So again a big job in prospect.
    A beautiful floor.
    I'm curious about the end result.
    success with the chores and a nice weekend dear Carolyn.
    Warm wishes, Mea

  7. Hi Carolyn!

    Hope you weren't affected by the recent typhoon/hurricane in Auckland? Dreadful weather patterns now all over- we've had torrential rain & flooding here in S Spain!

    Have a lovely weekend,

    XOXO Lola & Nora:)

  8. Big hugs and much love.............

    Blessings my beautiful friend.
    Love Jeanne

  9. Hi Carolyn, I can just see you up to your elbows in paper.

  10. Oh sweet Carolyn, I cannot wait to see what you have in store! I know it will be beautiful, these things take a lot of trial and error! Anita

  11. Hello, my dearest Carolyn -
    oh yes, that seems to be a lot of work... And as your say - patience is a virtue... But I'm sure the result will bring you more joy than the previous condition.
    Thank you for your lovely words to my San Francisco-post and to my Christmas decorations and Janas cake :o)
    Best wishes to you,
    hugs from (a bit more white) Austria, Traude

  12. Sorry to hear the wallpaper was no good......i can;t wait till it is finnished...lovely

  13. I'm sorry you din't like your new wallpaper. You are right there is nothing worse than sitting and looking at something you are no happy with. Hope it doesn't make life to stressful so close to Christmas.
    Sarah x

  14. My dear Carolyn,
    your starting all over, will take some time, but hopefully leave you with a room looking so much more to your likings.
    I`m also bussy, -but with the shop.....tomorrow I`m going to a show in another town-if the weather allowes it......they "promised" lots of snow..which will keep us from driving!!!

  15. GAH! Ugh, ugh, ugh. You gotta do what you gotta do, and in the end you will be so satisfied and perfectly happy. Good luck with the stripping. :(


  16. Oh Carolyn
    How very frustrating for you!

    I can paint but not wallpaper - if I tried it would be a mess....
    I have changed the colour of the walls because it has not been 'quite right'. My husband is colour blind and just doesn't understand how the right shade is so important!

    What a fabulous day after the storms during the week!

    Joyeux Noël
    Shane ♥

  17. Oh yes, I've been there - not with wall paper but with jobs equally daunting. If you aren't happy with something you are best to just fix it. Hopefully Round 2 will go much better!

  18. Oh, yes, been there, done that, only we haven't done that yet. I want to repaint our master bathroom. I do NOT like the color . . . . it is on my to do list for 2013!!!!


  19. Carolyn, This is so funny.. I am getting ready to re order shades that didn't fit well. We are trying to finish our kitchen before the holidays .. but it's proving a bit overwhelming. I'll have to let this one wait until January.

    Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

  20. That would have been so frustrating for you!! We last had wall painting about 12 years ago but it still looks like new!! Do strip the wallpaper and hope you get better results this time around! Have a lovely week Carolyn :)

  21. Dear Carolyn, good luck with your home improvement project.;) As with any DIY, it gets quit a lot worse at first, before it gets better.;)
    Have a great week ahead, I always think off you as you are approaching summer, while we are thrown into deep freeze and inches of snow.;)

  22. Dearest Carolyn,
    You have your work cut out for you.
    Oh dear... I do agree with you, if you both were not happy with it, better now than later.. Try not to wear yourself out. I am sure it will be beautiful when you are finished.
    Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and visit.
    Love and blessings,

  23. Oh, my! I think fear of such things is why most of our home looks as it did when we bought it five years ago. I even get nervous putting nail holes in the walls for artwork. I admire your courage and I'm sure it will look fabulous when you're done – the floors are beautiful!


  24. Dearest Carolyn,
    Well, we're in a more or less same situation. Our shower's tile work (done by others) was not to our complete satisfaction. Pieter has redone the grout on the floor part. Scraping it out and the mess. So much work. But it looks so much better. Around Christmas time we will be done I guess. For our office we'd ordered solid oak natural planks in 5" width but we have not heard any delivery date yet. Ordered on November 30, called and emailed them; zero response. Annoying things at times but that is called LIFE. It cannot always go smooth... Hope you will soon feel proud of your new walls. Hugs to you,

  25. Beaucoup de travail en perspective !


  26. Oh darling bless you for having the patience to make it perfect!

    Happy new week :)


  27. Hi Carolyn ... Oh! all that hard work and the pulling it down can be the hardest part ..... but you're right! if you're not happy now it would only be a matter of time and it would all come down.
    Your white floor-boards look lovely and I'm sure one day soon your room will be finished and looking super stylish.
    In the meantime Carolyn ....happy stripping! xx

  28. Patience is a very precious virtue.I usually don't want to wait for anything!!!
    Italy during winter is beautiful!!!I hope you will visit my Country one day!

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  30. Good morning sweet Carolyn!

    Your kind words are like sparkling stars to me, any time of the year! And me too, I love to look out my second story balcony window to wonder what the stars are saying about us.....Much love to you! Anita

  31. wow, It's such a hard work Carolyn, I can imagine. I can't wait to see the final results, take care

  32. Thinking of you as you tackle a major work. We have been in our present home
    for a short while and it was in a good state of decor. We can't strip the wallpaper so we have painted over some rooms and we had to adjust the shade of paint in the hall by adding some white to lighten the original one we bought. (I suppose we should have tried the shade out first with a tester).

  33. Dear Carolyn
    That looks to be a lot of work!
    I wish you a happy week.
    Love and hugs Yvonne

  34. Oh goodness.. these house projects, and during a busy time of year! Can't wait to see what you end up doing. We have to take down some wall paper to.. I'm dreading the experience.


  35. Hi Carolyn,
    Well I can so relate. My hubby and I just recently repainted our living room because the color we choose last April, just did not work. After living in it awhile, we knew it had to go. So out with the brushes and paint and we started over.
    I'll be thinking of you and sending hugs for your reproject. It will be a lot of work, but at least you will like it and be happy with the finish.
    Don't work too hard.

    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  36. I feel your pain!

    We once painted the bathroom lime green to match some towels. Three days later we repainted it. It was only a small room and the moment you walked in there you looked seasick!

  37. Stripping wallpaper is not fun. So sorry you have to do it, but I sure understand about something annoying you to pieces. Better to face up now.
    Don't work too hard!

  38. Hello Carolyn!

    it's a pity for the wallpaper, but the good side is that you can redo it many times as you want!
    Still it's an hard work to do...
    Don't overdo ok? ;)

  39. Oh no! Well, better to make the changes now and be happy rather than let it go and question yourself down the road. Good luck getting it all done quickly! Best wishes, Tammy


    Much love and many blessings
    Love Jeanne

  41. Oh my! So sorry that happened... :(

  42. gah! i hate stripping wallpaper - :D

    Xo Megan,


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