We’re making progress…Slowly

Geek Dad and I have been chipping away at our various projects around the house. And we’re making progress. It’s just happening more slowly than I would like. One room we made a bunch of progress on today (though not as much as I would like) is Geek Child’s room. Here’s the before:

Red carpet and white walls
The carpet. It is so red.

I spent a day last week painting Geek Child’s bedroom. He loves it, obviously. It’s blue. I looked through this tutorial from Family Handyman again because it’s my favorite painting tutorial. Yep, I have a favorite painting tutorial. It’s definitely made me a faster painter to paint like they describe in the tutorial.

Here’s after painting:

Bedroom with blue walls, black stickers and bright red carpet
Geek Child likes blue. He also likes stickers. I think we’re going to have to help reapply stickers before furniture is moved in.

This is post pulling out that very bright carpet:

Subfloor of blue bedroom. Very exciting
Carpet is out and down to the sub floor. Yay!

The pet smell before we pulled out the carpet was noticeable but not horrible. It was horrible after pulling out the carpet. So we added another step and put down an odor blocker.

Gallon of odor blocker and various painting supplies
Exciting odor blocker! It has a sort of yogurt-like consistency but went down pretty well and definitely killed the smell.

It set us back on our schedule. But here is Geek Dad applying said odor blocker:

Geek Dad applying odor blocking layer with roller
Geek Dad likes his new shirt and doesn’t want to get it gummed up. Pale Geek Dad is pale.

Finally we started actually laying down the new floor. We’re still in the middle of that since it took longer than we hoped on some of the other steps. This pic is from the early stages of putting down the new flooring. We’re about halfway across the room now.

First few rows of new flooring are down
New flooring! We went with Montgomery Apple Pergo Max laminate. So far I like it.

My Favorite Tool for Taking Down Wallpaper (that you probably already own)

Taking down wallpaper is a pain. That’s why there are so many blog posts and online articles about how to do it. There really is no way to make this process not messy, and unless you have strippable wallpaper, it’s going to take awhile. We were lucky enough to have strippable wallpaper in one part of our new house, not so lucky in the kitchen and bathroom.

The previous owners put washable/waterproof wallpaper in the kitchen and bathroom (which makes sense, I don’t blame them for doing that). The problem with taking down washable wallpaper is that you have to strip off the entire top layer in order to get to the backing and take that off. The previous owners clearly were wallpaper hanging virtuosos or paid a professional to do it, because it was hung very well with tight seamsĀ  and the right glue and all that jazz. Doesn’t really make it any easier to take down.

The tight seams were actually a problem when trying to take the wallpaper down. I couldn’t get my fingernails under the top layer anywhere to strip it off. That’s where my favorite wallpaper removal tool came into play. And it’s not the paper tiger (though I use that for scoring the backing). My favorite tool is the humble utility knife!

It allows you to pull up the top layer from one of those tight seams by sliding it under the top layer. Just be careful not to gouge your wall. I did a few times, but with how the utility knife sped things up and saved my fingernails, I’m happy to just patch the damage I did.

Image of utility knife pulling up wallpaper corner
Utility knife ftw!