The big project for this weekend was painting and wallpapering the vestibule (or “the vegetable”, as we prefer to call it) at the front of the house. What I thought would be a half-day affair wound up taking 2 1/2 days, and the detail work still has to be done. I had never wallpapered before, but with the help of my mother, I think I got the hang (hee, punny!) of it pretty quickly.
I can’t find a before shot at the moment, but when we bought the house, this little 4×5′ space was an atrocity! The beadboard wainscoting, doors and moldings had all been painted with a rubbery, forest-green paint (putting the word “forest” in there might make it sound somewhat appealing, but don’t be fooled!), and the upper portion of the crumbling walls had been covered with dark chipboard paneling…and graffiti.
The result of our makeover is really refreshing: the woodwork has all been painted the same color as in the rest of the house (Benjamin Moore Simply White, satin finish), and the upper walls have been replastered and wallpapered with Orla Kiely’s Flower Blossom paper.
I can’t wait to come home tonight and see that wallpaper peeking out through the triangular panes in the front door! Ahhh.