We had a huge rainstorm last spring that caused some water damage in our breakfast room. There was red and white checked wallpaper hung by a previous owner on the wall before that rainstorm.
All the water pouring in loosened the wallpaper adhesive, and it is WAY too tempting to eat a meal in there and not peel away at it...especially for a 4-year-old little boy. The most rewarding part for him was peeling a big piece off and hitting his sister with it while she was taking a bite of cereal.
So I decided maybe I should strip it and paint.
It took all summer.
But thanks to a friend with a steamer, and another with 4 inch blade scrapers, and a helpful husband to watch the kids, it finally got done.
I found some blue and eggshell and primer in the basement (thanks again, previous owners), mixed up some paint and we were ready to go.
New room. Uninjured sister. Bored 4-year-old boy. Not too bad.
You know, I thought I was being all Martha Stewart putting those apples in a bowl on a tablecloth we never use...and then I got closer and saw that Someone had needed just a little snack. Good grief.