Thursday, 13 August 2009

wednesday - walls

Some walls from the Blue House for you today. Let me tell you that there is lots of work to be done on our walls. Some need new plasterboard, some need riping out, some need to be finished (um, I went mad with the undercoating but have kinda not gotten back to them - at least they look like something is about to happen).

This old house needs a lot of work, like the extension I have planned so perfectly in my mind. My husband and my sweet friend G get to hear about it, all the time. I know that one day it will happen. Just need lotsa cashola!

So here are a couple of walls that have had something done to them.

The before shot.



And the after shots.





The above wall is small section of the hallway outside Minnie's room, opposite the lounge room and at the entry to the kitchen (if that makes sense). I have been looking at this wall now for a long time as sofa is on the other side of the lounge room, looking out into the hallway. I have long planned to wallpaper it. I found the perfect wallpaper on the online auction site but missed the end of the auction. Bum. So I moved on to my second plan.

I used some vintage children's encyclopedia's and atlas' that I picked up at the local op shop for 50cents each. And some wall paper paste that was $14.95 at a big hardware store (I only used about $2.00 worth on this project). Tearing out the pages of these old books was actually a little traumatic - as the daughter of an antique book collector, I felt very bad destroying them.

I washed the walls with sugar soap, let them dry and made up the paste. I simply applied the paste to the back of the pages with a paint brush, let it soak in for a minute or two and them stuck the pages to the wall. Although they looked a little bumpy, I smoothed them the best I could. It dried beautifully - all smooth and no air bubbles. If you are thinking of a similar project, keep in mind that some print may run in old books. Apply the sheets gently to the wall, without rubbing too much and you should be OK. I did this yesterday and it only took an 2 hours, which I think half of this time was spent reading the pages I was ripping out.

Last night a lot of time was spent reading the walls - I now know a lot about transportation in Brazil and cloud formation...

The next photo is a wall in our kitchen/dinning room. Its a big old country kitchen that once had a rather large wood fired oven. It looks like it was removed many years ago and the space has been boarded in to form a little nook. This was perfect for my cooking books. And I love blackboards and thought I needed one right here. Its great for Minnie to scribble on while I am getting dinner ready. I put the weekly menu up there so I we all know what we are having and it's often covered in times - times that I put things in the oven and the time they are due out. I do know there are oven timers for such things...

It was another inexpensive project - the blackboard paint was only about $10.00 and is enough for quite a few projects.



And this is a photo of the lovely shadows that are cast on our bedroom wall each morning. If only it was there all day - another project perhaps?

PS - I do realise I am one day behind - it would not be me if I was organised and on time...

15 comments:

CurlyPops said...

What a beautiful way to add a feature to a wall. I wish I had a lovely big old rambling house with all that potential.

sophie said...

I love your house Rachel.

Gillian said...

What lovely walls! Please share more!

tea with lucy said...

I'm so in love with your house!

As a geography teacher and ex urban planner, i get a little bit excited by maps... so I'm frothing with excitement over your wall.

Can't wait to see more!

Loz and Dinny said...

Such a lovely idea - I have a very wonky old house so understand the whole wall thing!! I'm loving these blue house posts ... now I just want more!!

Barbara said...

Rach, I love it!

I'm feeling inspired: I hope our landlord doesn't mind :o)

Michelle said...

I love the wallpaper idea - fantastic! I know how you feel about ripping up books though, I can barely bring myself to tear out a magazine page....

And the kitchen black board is super cute. We have one in our kitchen that is so handy. We're about to know the wall out and I"m thinking of painting another wall in Porters Paints coloured chalkboard paint - great bright colours...

In a way, I'm glad I can't afford to do all the reno plans I have straight away, because I'm always changing my mind!

Hope your family farm is okay with all this rain...

xx

Cindy said...

Thank you so much for sharing so many great ideas, all of which I just LOVE!! Yeah. Bummed out about renting or I would be wallpaper as we speak - looks so cute! As for the blackboard, Poppy could draw on the walls and not get in trouble.

Jessica said...

I can't tell you how much I love those walls! They are so fun!

Claire (ethel loves fred) said...

Love the walls - collage on a big scale - lovely to fill your eyes with on a daily basis.

Ditto on the short bob for us too, and decided on by Parker.

Black Eyed Susie said...

Great ideas. My hubbie used to love cutting and pasting maps when he was a kid. What a perfect idea for him.

Kathryn - MamaBoo said...

I love your house! That map wall looks fantastic!

Selina said...

Great blackboard... and what a lovely suprise to see a friendly face in my kids style file email!

Megan.K. said...

Awesome projects!! Thanks for sharing these.
x

Jackie said...

I love your house, Rach...Laurel and Hardy! :) I am thinking that we may have to make a chalkboard wall in our house. Fabulous!!!
xoxox