After we got back from Charleston (and hubby watched the end of the Panthers game), we headed over to the house to try to tackle the wall paper in the dining room. Actually, firstly, we stopped at Lowes to pick up a steamer to help with the job…then, we headed to the house.
Welcome to my beautiful dining room. Oh yea!
While I waited for the steamer to heat up…
…I spotted my first roommate – a yucky spider. I really hope this house doesn’t have too many bugs!
If you’ve never taken down wallpaper before, then you have no idea just how time-consuming and slow-moving it is.
We scraped and scraped and scraped.
Upon further digging, we discovered there were THREE layers of wallpaper in our dining room.
The blue-toned wall paper appears to be the original wall paper of the house. We think the trim, baseboards, and molding used to be a pretty baby blue. I kind of want to try to restore the original colors (sans wallpaper), but I really like the paint color I picked out, so I probably won’t.
I had my work/hiking boots on. These are my Timberlands from high school. For some reason, they were really popular back when I was in high school. Anywho, I put these on so hubby knew I meant business!
I wish I could give you some tips, but I’m not sure I’d call us experts. I did notice the following:
- If we started with the steamer top-down, the water seemed to move downward naturally (thanks gravity!) helping loosen the adhesive of the wallpaper below where we were working
- The areas that were dampest (without being soaking wet) came off the easiest – we probably should have gotten a sponge to lightly wet the walls before working them with the steamer/scraper
After 4 hours, we called it quits so I could cook dinner and catch Drop Dead Diva and Cold Case. We got there 15 minutes too late to catch Drop Dead Diva, so we just paused the channel (thanks DVR) and recorded Cold Case (need to watch that this week sometime!).
I thought about asking hubby if he just wanted to pick up pizza because after 4 hours of wallpaper removal, I honestly didn’t feel like cooking, but I was glad I came home to prepare something.
I somehow talked hubby into letting me cook tofu for him. I made Ellie’s Marinated Tofu (baked at 450 degrees F for 20-25 minutes)
I used a single pot of water to cook both the organic udon noodles and organic broccoli.
The sauce was simple with garlic and soy sauce.
I thought dinner was pretty awesome. Hubby ate all the tofu and remarked that at least it didn’t “make him ralph.” Nice…lol. Hey, props to hubby for eating it!
My sweet tooth was calling so I made another mini-parfait with Stonyfield Organic Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt with some Bear Naked Fruit + Nut Granola with a sprinkling of unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, and a drizzle of honey. Yum!
Does your SO eat tofu? Does he like it? Hate it?