Tuesday, July 15, 2008
To strip.... or Not to strip. That is the question.
We've decided to give up on the yard and move our antics inside the house where the air temp is a constant 78 degrees and the fridge is always in arms reach. The project at hand? The master bathroom.
The first thing to do is to strip the wallpaper. We've already decided we don't really like the "look" of painted wallpaper - if you can call it that. Plus stripping it off will make "Phase 2" that much easier. But I digress... Let's talk about Phase 1!
The tile is in good shape, and we've already replaced the sink, toilet, faucets and shower head. So the goal of Phase 1 is to:
1. Strip the wallpaper and paint the walls
2. Replace the shabby chic light fixture
3. Get the grout steam cleaned
4. Hang some shelves or hooks
5. And figure out a way to install a vent in the ceiling.
Phase 2 would be putting in a new vanity that has a double sink - which would mean more plumbing too, but I'm confident that's possible.
The only thing we are unsure of is whether to strip the wallpaper on the ceiling. That's right - the wallpaper travels up the wall onto the ceiling. It's madness.
I've stripped the wallpaper in the hall, bedroom, and dining room so I pretty much have it down to a science on the walls... but I have never tackled a ceiling before. We could strip the walls and paint over the ceiling paper - but the pattern is SO BRIGHT I'm afraid that it would take multiple coats to get it anywhere near a decent shade of white.
I guess it all depends how the walls go... we'll take it from there.