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