Saturday, December 5, 2009

stripping

When we began house hunting, Mike and I had a list of things that we wanted: hardwood floors, a fireplace, two stories, a dining room, near downtown Willoughby. We loved the neighborhoods here - walking distance from a library, shops, restaurants (and, of course, a brewery) and full of older homes that all have their own unique charm. We also both agreed that a place with a few fixer-upper type projects would be good for us. I like painting and Mike can be a decent handyman when he sets his mind to it.

It was love at first sight when we found this house and according to the listing, it had everything we wanted. The first viewing revealed gorgeous floors, solid plaster walls, a large dining room with a bay window looking out over the yard and a little kitchen...

...that was apparently decorated by an overzealous, acid tripping Carmen Miranda. There was wallpaper with fruit baskets, a matching fruit basket border and those cabinets. I suppose the previous owners were trying to be clever and paint the cabinets a red to match the apples in the fruit baskets but what they got was a dark pinkish coral, not red. Red I might have liked. Red I could have worked with. (Maybe.)

But when I walked into that kitchen for the first time, I swear I felt my heart stop in horror. The owners had every light on and the color fairly glowed with menace. And despite the realization that I'd be up to my elbows in chemicals just trying to be rid of that not-red red, we bought the house anyway.

And so here we are.

The wallpaper is all gone, the cabinets will soon be painted white, and I am looking forward to the serenity of neutrals.

10 comments:

Eric said...

Wallpaper is of the Devil! Most people who put it up have no taste or skill or both.

6p00e5502113998834 said...

I'm guessing it may be too late, but nevertheless, you might find/have found a heat gun as effective and less noxious.

Mark Alger

Kristopher said...

Or just buy unfinished cabinet doors, and burn the old ones in the back yard.

Lydia said...

I'm going to miss those pink cabinets and the ways in which they tortured you.

ASM826 said...

Breda,

Quite a project. Please be mindful of ventilation and PPE when working with the paint stripping compound. Outside if at all possible.

Post some pics of the finished room when you get there.

PPPP said...

Wait a minute. Did you two just buy this place, or is this where you've been for a while and you've been suffering with those cabinets?

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

You like painting?

You should come visit me. I'm painting my new house before I move in. I hate painting trim, and whoever did it previously used some horrendously glossy paint (that I suspect may be oil-based, as well). I'm painting the trim white, and even with a coat of white primer, I'm still going to have to use at least two coats of paint.

Don't even get me started on the windows. Twelve panes of glass per window, and two windows in each room. I've spent literally hours just taping the windows.

wrm said...

Heh. So I'm working on becoming a gunblogger and you're becoming a houseblogger.

C'est la vie.

Lissa said...

Wow. Those are some lurid cupboards, y'all.

B Smith said...

C'mon, 'fess up. I know I'm not the only one who read a wee bit more carefully upon seeing the post title...

WV: cheroo. Mary Poppins is singing in my head now. Damn. (penance for being a pig, I guess...heh)