If Goodbye Were Really Goodbye

This weekend we kicked her out, after two long years of living with her.  We have been meaning to remove her from our lives for some time now, but the prospect seemed too daunting a task.  I have more than disliked her; I have detested her, loathed her, and this weekend we finally ripped her from our lives.  My daughter says when a situation becomes unbearable, you’ll finally do something about it.  At last, the bordello pink-striped bathroom wallpaper is gone, gone, gone.

I wish it were as easy as pulling the wallpaper off the walls and slapping some paint on, but after three days of working on our bathroom, it is far from completed.  We purchased a steamer, since we have many other walls whose paper needs to come off, and removed the last of the dreaded deep Pepto-Bismol pink after working for two days.  Today, since we had a three-day weekend, we sprayed the walls with some blue goo that is supposed to dissolve the residual glue.  We then had to use a rough sponge to wipe down the walls to remove the said glue.  We needed to repeat that procedure as there was still glue after goo.  Next, we had to wash down all the walls, several times, to get the remains of the blue glue goo.  Of course, the floors were a mess by this time, so I had to wash the floors, and by the time we cleaned up all the equipment, the day was pretty much over.

No, we are not even close to putting any paint on the walls.  Next weekend we will need to spackle and caulk and sand. Then comes the primer.  And then, maybe then, we will finally get to put some paint on the walls, though that is several weekends down the road.  When we started this project, we had grand plans to do the guest bathroom next and move on to the kitchen wallpaper, having those two rooms finished before Easter.  I still think that is a workable plan…if we are talking Easter of 2012.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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4 Responses to If Goodbye Were Really Goodbye

  1. mypajamadays says:

    WOW! What did they adhere that wallpaper with? Cement?

  2. oldereyes says:

    We’ve had only two homes. The first had wallpaper everywhere … our house now has none. I LOVE paint.

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