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Topic: Tea and coffee give me a new kitchen and stairway...literally!  (Read 12093 times)
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« on: November 11, 2010 06:56:42 PM »

Today I sat at the top of the stairway watching my son play trains in the upstairs hallway. As I sat there, I started picking at some old wallpaper that my cats had scratched. I picked, and I pulled thinking "Bleh, I hate this old wallpaper." So I picked some more, and pulled some more, and the next thing I knew, I had torn it all down. It was all over the stairway and on one wall of the kitchen. My husband put it up around 1989 before I had even met him.

So I stood back and looked at what I had done. I thought that even the paper that was left behind looked better than the ugly old country pattern that used to be there. It even felt soft and reminded me of faux suede, but it just looked unfinished some how.

So I took a break and had a tea to think of what I was going to do next. And as I poured the hot water over the tea bag, I thought "Hey, don't people use tea to give paper an aged look?" So I grabbed a bowl, threw in 2 tea bags, poured over a little bit of boiling water, grabbed a 2 inch foam brush and did a test spot. I liked it! It had a great streaky look to it, yet, it was missing something...So I thought, hey if I'm using tea...why not use coffee as well?" So I grabbed another bowl, threw in 2 teaspoons of coffee, poured the hot water, grabbed a sponge, and started dabbing the coffee soaked sponge over the tea streaked paper...Perfect!

5 tea bags and 6 teaspoons of coffee later, I went from this (note that I never really took pictures by this wall because the wall paper was so ugly, and when I did, I cropped most of it out):

To this:

I find it gives it an aged look, and that it fits with the house because the house was built around 1853 and has the original beams and walls exposed. What do you think?

Oh and I'm replacing the stairs runner next week! Can't wait to get rid of that ugly thing too!

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010 07:17:41 PM »

Wow.  That looks awesome!  Excellent job!

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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010 07:18:06 PM »

That does look great!  I wasn't sure from your description, but the pictures prove it!  So the "paper" left on the walls, is it actual wallpaper under the top layer of wallpaper or is it that sort of papery residue wallpaper leaves behind?
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2010 07:23:24 PM »

I think... I'm going to hire you to come figure out my house, if I ever get around to buying one. That's awesome! Grin

« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2010 07:37:23 PM »

That. Looks. Amazing.

Like seriously... I can't believe it's not really planned or prepped in any way. But I love it. I wish I had the balls to do something like this... <3
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010 07:41:35 PM »

I like this, and I like to imagine that you did it all in one afternoon and your husband was very surprised when he came home. Totally beats steaming off the old paper!

« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2010 07:41:42 PM »

WOW!  One evening I started picking at the wallpaper in our bathroom while my daughter was in the tub.  It ended up taking us WEEKS and a wallpaper steamer to get it off!!  I'm completely amazed at what you did - and so quickly!!

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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2010 07:57:02 PM »

I think it's brilliant! I like the look against the wood. Great thinking!

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2010 08:31:42 PM »

I love it! It looks gorgeous, I can't believe it was that simple!

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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010 02:54:27 AM »

wow! that looks amazing!  Grin

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