29 January 2019
Today I am stripping. Wallpaper that is. Getting rid of all traces of the previous occupant’s pride and joy. Paul has been doing the hard work of soaking the surface while I have been enjoying the satisfying job of pulling off big swathes of wet paper. The sitting room looks quite stark now, the Jacobean floral curtains from the big bay window have been taken down and are being used as dust sheets.
We are going to paint the walls with matt emulsion. Choosing a colour has been tricky. We bought tester pots and there are various splodges of colour daubed about. I was leaning towards having a grey tone on the walls but I was worried the room would end up looking like a battle ship. In the end we picked a very neutral, stone colour – Natural Calico. A bit boring but I prefer to add colour to a room with paintings, rugs and soft furnishings.
Rick is unhappy with the chaos. I shall take him out early after lunch for his walk because we have snow forecast for late afternoon. It was sunny here first thing but the skies are getting progressively darker. If the snow is very deep I shall have an excuse not to go to tomorrow’s coffee morning at the village hall.
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I nearly had Natural Calico in my sitting room but ended up with Natural Hessian instead - it is a lovely warm colour and I am pleased I chose it. My dining room is pearl, which is a warm shade of grey and is lovely although the room faces North.ReplyDelete
It's a bind doing it all but it is nice to bask in it all when you have finished I find. Tess was just like Rick = thoroughly fed up with the disruption.
I am hoping it will be finished by tea time!Delete
I like white.ReplyDelete
Me too. All our bedrooms were painted white in France.Delete
You never make much sense to me.Delete
Paul says that too.Delete
What colour is Natural Calico? I had a calico cat that was black, orange, and white. -JennReplyDelete
Sort of a light stone colour, definitely not black, orange and white!Delete
When I saw the title of this blogpost I rubbed my hands with glee but soon I was crestfallen. Not the kind of stripping I was anticipating! By the way, I also like natural calico.ReplyDelete
I knew you would be disappointed Mr Pudding. I gave up that sort of stripping years ago.Delete
A neighbour's beautiful Alsatian joined me for my walk yesterday morning. The rest of the day was wet-n-windy. Horrible.ReplyDelete
Icy and cold here, no sign of any snow.Delete
Natural Calico sounds just like the ever popular Ton Pierre. I was hoping for something a little exciting like Elephants Breath Mouse's Ear or some such!ReplyDelete
I considered Elephants Breath but decided it was too grey.Delete
Ha, Ha Love the blog title !!ReplyDelete
Choosing a colour for the walls is difficult. I like a soft neutral colour over white which I find a bit cold and stark. Choosing anything for decorating causes arguments here...Tony thinks he is an expert and our tastes could not be more different. He would have all modern - black and white and tubular steel stuff. I love "Hampton " of a bit French Provincial without the antique look.
Paul and I always discuss the decor and then he agrees with my decision!Delete
Our bedroom has a wallpaper border about 8 inches from the ceiling all around the room. When were they popular - the 90s I think! I despise it but dread trying to get it down. I like neutral walls too. You can change some of the décor with the seasons and the wall color still works.ReplyDelete
I remember those borders - a real pig to remove!Delete