Tip: removing wallpaper, disposing of odd paint

We’ve been very busy on the house these last 24 hours…. a lot of work is being done on the bathroom, including removing the wallpaper.

The best directions I found were located here on removing wallpaper. Using the scorer has perforated the drywall but we are going to cover with plaster so it isn’t a big deal. The paper scorer also knicked up the hands so try to use some sort of glove if you can.

Since this recipe uses a mix with anti-freeze make sure that all wallpaper removed cannot be accessed by animals and that the floor is cleaned before animals are allowed to enter.

We lucked out that the builder put up wallpaper with paper underneath so only a very small bit of drywall surface came off when we took off the wallpaper. This leaves bare drywall so to save on the Venetian Plaster, we will be painting the drywall prior to the application of the VP. Drywall that has not been painted or primed will suck up paint or surface material overlay like crazy. By painting an undercoat we hope to use less VP then if we just used it alone.

Speaking of which, when you read about using primer, don’t think it has to be white. And don’t think it has to be something bought special for the job. Using odds and ends as primers is a good way to use up that paint and keep it out of the landfill. As long as the under coat is the same product as the top coat – latex on latex, water-based on water-based etc… you should be okay.

Leftover, Latex paint, any shine, can be mixed together to form one paint hat you can later use for priming drywall or other projects. After combining, take to the paint store and have them shake it with their machine in the paint department. Generally, the color comes out light to medium in shade, and responds like a flat or eggshell. Be sure to mark the can so you don’t forget what is in it!

All the small cans (behind) were mixed either in the keep, primer (right) gallon or the disposal (left) gallon. Empty latex cans will be left to dry and, if steel, some recycling plants will take them.

Some metro recycling organizations will actually take the latex paint, mix it and then use it on city projects because when combined the paint becomes pale in color and a flat shine.

If you want to dispose of it, first combine all of it in an empty latex gallon can. Take a cardboard box, line with a plastic garbage bag and pour in about a two inch layer. Add kitty litter, grass clippings, sawdust shavings etc… to help it dry faster. Once it is dry and hard, and another layer and repeat. There are also commercial products that will do the same thing available at your paint store.

Another way to get rid of unwanted paint, is to advertise it on Craigslist. I listed the sizes, how full the cans were, and a color approximation in my description and within 24 hours someone who did crafts wanted all the paint!

Room: Laundry area ~ finished!

The original planning for the laundry room was in this blog post

What strikes me from looking at the before photos is the original room gave an institutional vibe that translated to “hurry and get the job done — and leave!!”:

  • The shelves and pantry were helpful in storing items, but they gave the room a claustophobic feeling.
  • The off-white color of the cabinetry did not help the room look “clean” or fresh.
  • The room looked like an after-thought; the unframed bulletin board contributed to that feeling.
  • The light from the ceiling fluorescent fixture, though serviceable, gave the feeling you were in a warehouse.

Here are the finished laundry room photos!
Color variations on walls are due to lighting, flash on camera etc…

Walls ~ While the Venetian Plaster was a huge pain in the neck, I LOVE the look as does hubby. I was really surprised at how much dimension it adds an otherwise blah room.

Wall Art ~ I looked at a lot of art for this room. Originally, I was considering some sepia toned, beach prints, but decided to try this photo, pop art of flowers. Boy, I was glad that I did! I brought the orange from the flowers and added it to the bulletin board’s frame with spray paint.

Lighting ~ I love, love, LOVE the new track lighting. Anything less then 6 lights on the system though would have been too few.

Furniture ~ The Baker Rack has worked out even better then I could ever imagine! Because it is located at the hall that opens into the garage, it’s a great place to put schoolbooks, gloves and shoes. Since we don’t have a mud-room this become really helpful during our recent bad weather.

I found this Bakers Rack on Craigslist, and liked the lattice, criss cross, pattern across the back. It was a putty colored – I spraypainted it white; I also changed the finals (top of the unit) to ones from my daughters four-poster bed (it was damaged years ago and I kept the pretty finials).

Appliances ~ LOVE my new front loaders… I found these 3 year old, GE machines on Craigslist for $750. Most likely I’ll be buying pedestals to raise their height, better concealing the plumbing behind.

Molding ~ Clothes rod was boxed in with framing to hide it when entering room. Just that little touch makes the room more elegant.  The molding to conceal the clothes rod and the more expensive shelf made of Aspen, all painted fresh white, as well as the larger base molding, again, gives the room added *zing* and a luxury look. This, again, surprised me as I didn’t think it would have as much impact as it did.

The ultimate proof that the remodel is a success is that I’ve been in there a lot keeping the laundry caught up and the room square away. 😀

Room Specs:

  • Total remodeling costs: $1,250
  • Replaced our older washer and dryer units with front loaders ($750 – 3 years old from Craigslist).
  • Venetian Plaster, Lowes, Marmo color 4 gallons at $38 per gallon.
  • Additional cost for sandpaper and for final, gloss coat material.
  • Molding color is Chef White from Valspar (Lowes) about 1 quart, had on hand.
  • Base Molding is 6″ tall, about 28 linear feet (about $40);
  • Additional costs for finishing nails and caulk.
  • New ceiling light ~ track lighting fixture from Lowes discount ($40);
  • New shelf unit made from Aspen with molding ($45);
  • Wall art over washer/dryer was from Gordmans with discount 20% off coupon ($38);
  • Bulletin board frame from Hobby Lobby’s 50% off sale discount (now painted orange) ($35);
  • Spraypainted Bakers Rack white and replaced knobs with ones on hand. (BR $25 + $16 paint).
  • Note: Repair of missing tile will be done in the future – we still need to find a compliment to what is already there.

Except for the floor tile patch (we still need to find some matching tile), the laundry room is now completed.