Did I ever mention the wallpaper in the nursery?
When we bought the house, we knew the exact room we wanted to use for the nursery. Although at first look, it didn’t ooze baby charm. It oozed 70s paneling with a touch of “Bonanza” in the light fixtures. Which Mr. Sweetie ripped off the walls the day we got the keys.
Only to reveal a buried treasure of wallpaper–five plus layers of vintage wallpaper that needed to be pried off the wall.
Some of the wallpapers were charming–like this “I love Lucy–the Westport years” colonial wallpaper–you can see the clipper ship peeking through the stripes and evil clown wallpapers around it.
Does anyone else get the “ILL” reference? I think I watched WAY too much “I Love Lucy” growing up and clearly it had a very sticky influence for me pregnancy clothes and design wise. Does anyone else remember the ballet prints she had in her bedroom? Or the vintage spinning wheel she wanted for her Westport house? Since I grew up in Westport, CT, I’m sure this might have had to do something with loving that look.
Anyway, here ismy Sweetie teaching that wallpaper a lesson–8 by 11 inches of steam at a time.
But the real winner is this overwhelming brown plaid:
I thought I’d seen somewhere before–oh yeah, the Drapers’ kitchen from MadMen. Gotta love that. Hey, and her kitchen curtains are looking mighty familiar… Oh good Lord…
Weeks of after-work hours, and quite a bit of additional time from the rents, we finally managed to get the wallpaper off. And then came the tiring tasks of washing the walls, spackling the walls, sanding the walls, and washing the walls again before we finally painted them.
A last minute decision was made for blue walls. Which I can’t lie–are inspired by my new fancy for red and light blue/aqua, brought on I’m sure by too much time staring at Cath Kitson’s addictive books and one too many return visit to charming blogs like Alicia’s or Miss Vintage Pleasure.
More nursery updates to come! But hopefully a baby update to come before that.