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Hanging Wallpaper isn’t for sissies!


I began hanging paintable wallpaper in our parlor Sunday night, and as I was struggling along, a saying my Great-Granny Mary used to say came to mind. “Growing old ain’t for sissies!” Or, in my case, “Hanging wallpaper isn’t for sissies!” or any sane person!!!!

The DIY project began after a trip to Benjamin Moore for all the supplies. Thankfully they have a kids’ table with crayons, so I could ask for advice without paying attention to Parker (side note: Parker loves the kids’ table so much that both times we’ve visited the Minnesota & 41st location I’ve had to drag a tantruming toddler from the small showroom!)

Upon the advice of the store’s owner, I then watched several instructional YouTube videos. They all stressed the importance of starting with a straight line and patience. I knew when the “P” word was thrown out that I was in trouble – I’m not patient. But, I thought, “I can do anything I put my mind to – right?”

So I began and the first four pieces went up easy peasy – then I absolutely under no circumstance could I get a piece to go on strait!!! After trying to re-hang it several times, the piece stuck to itself too long and tore. I tried a new piece, I didn’t work.

Then, Shon suggested I try a plumb line instead of a level – my patience had given out so I’m waiting until after July 4 to try again – we’ll see what happens with this new method. The only good news is since this is paintable wallpaper; some sin will be covered up with paint and primer. 

Here is a close up view of the wallpaper pattern. We’ll paint this once I’m done hanging it.image

Although I am an avid attendee of many estate and rummage sales, as an adult I’ve never hosted one until today. The reason? I LOVE my weekends and enjoy spending them doing things I enjoy, Parker enjoys or Shon enjoys – not selling our cast offs. However, when my friend Katrina mentioned that she was having an estate sale of her husband’s grandma’s things, my ears perked up.

Most of the items I’ve contributed to the yardsale are on their way to Goodwill. However, the estate items Katrina and her husband are selling will be the “talk” of Sioux Falls junkers for at least a year.

Her husband, Chad’s grandparents owned a Dollar store, a Ben Franklin and held onto nice and unique items and kept them in pristine condition. As I helped Katrina set up it was like touring the coolest antique store – toys still in boxes, beautiful glassware, TONS of South Dakota souvenir kitsch, and random items you just don’t see – like ledgers from the 1800s, a salesman’s model toolkit, a 1892 program from the Republican National Convention (Which I did purchase for my brother.)

When my husband, Shon, arrived at the sale, he kept saying,”this is the sale everyone will be talking about” – Kind of like an auction we attended in our neighborhood 5 or more years ago now. It was of one of Shon’s friends, an elderly gentleman who used to work at KELO, and passed away in his 90s. He held onto everything as well, and to this day, when we visit with some of our friends who also attended, we reference favorite items we purchased at his sale – my favorite is a round cooler painted in plaid.

Kitchen remodel is nearing completion!!!!

For friends who have been following the blog, sorry I’ve been lax about updating it. In the last 6 weeks a lot has been going on in our kitchen. There are obviously some details yet to complete, but I wanted to share this update with you.

As you’ll note, I’m not the greatest at BEFORE photos – I know I have some, but I couldn’t find any – so you’ll just get to enjoy some Parker photos while noting our kitchen before: 1. the dark cupboards; 2. the laminate counter tops; 3. the laminate floors.

So far this is what we’ve done: I’ve painted the cupboards, our contractor, Joe Meyer painted the doors, and hung them last night!!!! One thing good about living with no cupboard doors for almost a month (because I was a slow painter) is I cleaned out my cupboards and somehow found room to store everything, so once we’re done with the remodel, it’s my hope to have clean and clear counter tops.

The quartzite counters were installed last week as was the undermount sink and new facet. 

Shon pulled up the laminate floors and yesterday the first sanding was applied to the wood floors underneath – aren’t they stunning!!!! Now all we have left is replacing the huge chandelier with a fixture which matches the others on our main floor, installing the peninsula, painting the walls, installing the subway tile backsplash and painting the trim – I hope it’s all done by the end of July! I’ll keep you posted!

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