Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Home Improvement: Wallpaper

Our house was built in 1947.  In 1960 the owners found out they were having twins and would need one more bedroom than the house had.  They converted the garage into a kitchen and dining room space and turned the old kitchen into a back bedroom. Therefore, one of the walls of the kitchen/dining room is wallboard over the old exterior wall of the house, with wallpaper over that.  The rest of the walls in the house are mercifully painted wallboard or plaster. All well and good, but the wallpaper that covered the wallboard had to go if we ever wanted to paint the kitchen and dining area in consistent colors (which we do, more on that later.)

Over the last couple of weeks, Kate and I (mostly Kate) have worked to remove the two layers (1980's layer as well as the original 1960 layer).  Neither of these appear to have been applied with any sort of sizing, and the wall was pretty torn up once it was all off.  Since the above picture was taken, I have gone to work and used more than two gallons of spackle getting the  wall back to some state of smoothness.  It's almost done, minus a little rewiring, patching, and painting.  The good news is that the only wallpaper in the whole house that needs to be removed has been removed now (there's a bit over the counters and sink, but the short term plan for that is Kilz and paint, with a longer-term plan of tile).