Friday, December 4, 2009

Dining Room Decision

After a year of scouring the internet for the perfect (and affordable) wallpaper for my dining room, I've finally found it.  This is the color:

And this is a photo of the overall pattern:

I like it.  A lot.  The dining room is about 15'x15' with 11-foot ceilings, so I think it can handle that large overall pattern.  And because it's tone-on-tone, I don't think I'll get tired of it.  That's a major consideration because, due to the cost and the high PITA factor of wallpapering, I won't be doing it again anytime soon.  Now I just have to pack up the hundred or so knick-knacks in my china cabinet so I can pull it out from the wall, finish tearing off the shards of wallpaper left behind the china cabinet and the buffet, and order the wallpaper.  Oh yeah, and work up the courage to tackle this project...


  1. I pulled wallpaper off my stairway easy as pie. Now I am avoiding scrubbing the wallpaper paste off the 15' high walls and getting a ladder that works with stairs...

  2. I like it. I agree the tone on tone is a great choice. After papering Sheville though I've sworn off ever doing it again. My knees just aren't what they used to be. Good luck!

  3. Yeah, wallpapering is a pain in the butt, alright. (Says one who STILL has yet to wallpaper her postage-stamp-sized bathroom.)

    LOVE that color and pattern.

  4. Nice choice! I hope you have help... you will need it with 11' ceilings. Good luck, and don't break a leg. ;D

    Karen Anne, Why don't you start a blog and show us your home improvement projects? Please....pretty please...;D

  5. Perfect choice! I really like that wallpaper. For one who doesn't generally do wallpaper, I'd put that in my house. Thumbs up!

  6. Milah,

    I would make one entry a month :-)

    Here's the upper hallway, minus wall to wall carpet and wallpaper:


    Here's the world's ugliest railing, home to ten of these screws that have to be dug out somehow. Note lovely scrap wood floor exposed in the room below:


  7. Ohhh, I like it, both the tone-on-tone & the color!

    I agree with the PITA factor. I have three half walls of Winnie the Pooh paper w/ border to remove from my daughter's bedroom. I put up a chair rail in her room so I'd only have to paper above it knowing that my back would be ever-so-grateful. Didn't even think about the fact I'd still be happy about that decision 12 years later (oops) when having to remove it.

    Any advice on the best (read easiest) way to remove it?

  8. Kate, if it's vinyl you should be able to get under a corner of it with a putty knife or something and then peel it off. Usually the backing paper is left behind and then you can just spray warm soapy water on it and scrape it off. If it's not vinyl, or if it's stubborn, I've found scoring it with a putty knife and then spraying it with warm water mixed with a little Downy fabric softener works pretty well. Let the water get in behind the paper a bit and soften up the adhesive before you start to scrape. Good luck!

  9. Thanks for the tips! It's been over 20 years since I've had to strip wallpaper & I honestly do not remember how I did it at the time. What I do remember is that it took what seemed like FOREVER to get it done.