Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My valentine's present... :)

Some women wish for flowers or chocolate... Or perhaps a nice dinner out. This year I got my valentine early. Since this fall I have started planning and looking at ideas for making this house more beautiful. We don't have the budget for huge projects, but every few months taking a room and subtracting some floral wallpaper from the home is a worthy goal. :) I was really content just planning and leaving the work to the "someday" category. Last week my spontaneous and sweet husband decided to make some plans reality. He loaded the family up and we headed to Salina and Lowes and Walmart. After shopping for an evening we headed home with the tools, equipment and paint to begin our transformation. Thank you my love for such a great gift!
The naked dining room- well, mostly :)

How old do you think that carpet is???
And why cover hardwood floors? (I guess we have some great faith that we do not pull up the carpet to find some huge reason that it was covered in the first place!)

We have great eager helpers!

What a silly boy!

There is a great smile!

Marcus loves spraying..... anything or anyone.

I love my boys!

Or just drinking the vinegar water..... what a nut

Unlike me who equates the smell of warm vinegar water and wallpaper paste with warm fuzzy childhood memories- Scott feels the only thing "warm and fuzzy' a quickly scraped wall. Which is saving us a lot of time. Because he was quick to look for easier ways to get the wallpaper off, we ended up with a borrowed wallpaper steamer. Some people like them, some don't, but it has worked great for us!
We are about half done with the wallpaper removal. We have two new windows to install, new light to hang, paint, trim and then the floor. We are excited! I will be sure to post pictures when it is all done. But for your sake... don't hold your breath, it may take a while! :)

The boys enjoy the temporary piano move and quickly made a fort.


Natalie Wickham said...

That's really exciting, Lydia! We've stripped almost every wall in our house of its original wallpaper - what a time intensive task! But definitely worth it in the end. I can't wait to see pictures once you're all done with the room!

aunt elizabeth said...

Awwww.......I miss you guys SOOO much!! These pictures just make me realize how loooong it's been since we saw you--- almost 2 full months!!
What a sweet thing for Scott to give you!! He gets the greatest ideas!! And you're right-- wet wallpaper is a 'warm fuzzy'!!
I looooove Paul's face when he's goofing off......tooo cute!!
Miss you guys!!
~Auntie Elizabeth

Ruth said...

How fun Lydia! Looks like you have some great little helpers. Praying it goes well - I know it can be a huge job! But it will look beautiful when finished!