The homeowner noticed a small water spot on the ceiling about six months ago and decided to wait to see if the spot grew larger. Over the next couple of months it did and the leak was identified on the roof at the flashing between the roof line and brick. After the flashing was repaired, the homeowner waited another couple of months to make sure the spot did not grow and the leak was fixed. Six months after the leak was identified the homeowner was ready to have the water damaged plaster repaired.
As you all know I like to share the great design idea articles from our friends at Houzz. Well this blog has some great ideas on how to add color to your living room, bathroom, laundry room and kitchen cabinets through design, paint, tile and accessories.
The homeowner for this project wanted to spruce up the kitchen without doing any major renovation or replacing the cabinets. So we came up with a plan to remove the wall paper, repair the walls and paint all surfaces including: walls, ceiling, trim and even the kitchen cabinets.
The homeowner decided he was going to remove the wallpaper himself. After his initial attempt he realized the paper was too difficult to remove and was causing major damage to the walls. We stepped in to take over the wallpaper removal after the initial layer had been removed as seen in the below picture. From that point we followed a multi step process (noted below) to remove the remaining wallpaper and restore the walls back to new.
1. After the first layer of wallpaper was removed there remained a layer of wallpaper glue that needed to be removed. We added two cups of DIF wallpaper remover to one gallon of warm water and applied to the glue with a wet sponge. After the first application had soaked into the glue was dry we applied another coat of wallpaper remover and while the glue was wet we used scrapers to remove the glue. Keeping the wall / glue wet makes the removal process much easier. Drag the scraper down the wall and avoid pushing up or across as that will cause damage to the walls.
The homeowner scraped up and across the wall which caused him to dig into the plaster and remove chunks of the wall. This left the walls in bad condition as seen in the below picture. The wall repairs leads us to the next step in the restoration process.
The homeowner wanted to change the color of her daughters bedroom walls along with adding a very slight glitter effect. The application of glitter to paint and applying to walls can be a D-I-Y project that can be completed during a weekend. Below is the process on how to apply glitter wall paint.