Tearing down wallpaper and starting on the kitchen

Mr. Geek and I started off easy and started tearing down wallpaper and traded out some outdated light fixtures. Thankfully at least some of the wallpaper was strippable, so that part of the wallpaper removing process is done! The part that was strippable was the entryway and back hallway to the bedrooms. In the eat-in kitchen and ’70s/’90s era bathroom, we were not so lucky.

Wallpaper and bare wall comparison shots
Wallpaper and bare wall comparison! This hallway had the strippable wallpaper and it didn’t take long at all to tear it all down.
Old brass light fixture and new nickel light fixture
Old brass light fixture and new nickel light fixture. Still need new high efficiency daylight bulbs for the new fixture, but glad to have the old gaudy fixture gone.

¬†We’ve also started in on the kitchen. We definitely saw at our last place what a huge difference a coat of paint makes to a kitchen (again sorry about lack of photos), so we’re painting the kitchen cabinets and replacing all the hardware. I think I’m going to try painting the bottom cabinets a darker color than the top. It’s seems sort of faddy to me, but we plan to tear out and replace the kitchen in the next 5 or so years anyway, so I’m going to see if I like it.

The kitchen before we got started.
The kitchen before we got started.


Image of kitchen with the cabinet doors off.
Kitchen with the doors off. We’ll also probably do something with the counter tops. Since we won’t be replacing them right away, we’ll probably just use one of those Rustoleum kits to redo the surface. Still pondering this one.

Tomorrow I take a break for laundry and homework. Did I mention I’m working on a graduate certificate? But I plan to get some more wallpaper removal done. We REALLY need new toilets (and yes, those two thoughts are related). The ’70s era toilet is a 7 gallon flush. We’ve pulled the toilet out, but I need to get the ’90s wallpaper removed before we put in the new toilet.

Image of mint colored 7 gallon flush toilet and '90s wallpaper.
Mint colored 7 gallon flush toilet and ’90s wallpaper.



1 Comment

  • Laura Cordero

    January 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Love watch your progress. Thanks for sharing.

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