Finally Finished the Dining Room Wallpaper

I know it’s been months since I started wallpapering the top third of the dining room walls with “Blue Strie” by Blue Mountain.

Before the wallpaper.
Before the wallpaper.
The blue wallpaper picks up the blue in the kitchen curtains.
The blue wallpaper picks up the blue in the kitchen curtains.

Finally I have hung the last piece.

I had to move the big furniture out of the dining room to clean the floor.
The last pieces cover the beam between the dining room and living room.

The dark blue denimy print hides the imperfections in the old wall including humps and bumps.

Before the paint, trim, and wallpaper.
Before the paint, trim, and wallpaper.
Revere Pewter ceiling, Strie blue wallpaper, Mosaic White trim and paneling, red oak flooring.
Revere Pewter ceiling, Strie blue wallpaper, Mosaic White trim and paneling, red oak flooring.

I especially like how the new door trim pops next to it.

Before the paint and paper.
Before the paint and paper.
Now that the papering is finished and the floor is clean, the next step is getting it party ready.
Now that the papering is finished and the floor is clean, the next step is getting it party ready.

The whole dining room to-do list looks like this:

  • Remud any holes, seams, or dips to make a smooth wall.
  • Wipe down the entire wall with vinegar and water to remove any residual wallpaper glue and to further smooth the plaster.
  • Paint the ceiling. We used Edgecomb Grey in the adjacent kitchen.  We used Revere Pewter on the dining room ceiling.
  • Finish installing the baseboard trim and trim up the door opening.
  • Prime and paint the paneling.
  • Paint the trim.
  • Paper the wall above the paneling. (See my dining room Pinterest page for inspiration.)
  • Clean the floor. Then repolyurethane the new boards. (Wait to do this until after the conservatory floor is laid.)
  • Buy a room-size rug.
  • Finish the cushions for the window seat one of which some mice have chewed.
  • Move the piano and table back into the dining room.
  • Hang blinds and curtains.
  • Move onto another room.

 

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

16 thoughts on “Finally Finished the Dining Room Wallpaper”

  1. All of your hard work is paying off! It will be so lovely. What is your vision for your window cushions? Stripes? Plaid? Solid? So many options! You don’t know me and I hope you don’t mind my suggestion but you may want to consider using indoor/outdoor fabric on your cushions. They will be easier to clean. Of course, you may have already considered this? Keep up the good work! xo Whitney

      1. The toile also has a section of people eating at a long table al fresco. That’s ultimately what sold me since it’s in the dining room. I normally wouldn’t pick brown (actually brownish -grey) but since it’s a window seat I figured people might put their feet upon it. I don’t like having things too precious to use. Jo

  2. Nice job, Jo! What a relief to be able to put the wallpaper stuff away is my guess. There’s not much left to do in this room.

    1. Blue and white is a classic combo — hard to beat. So weird that all this progress is coming in December when I thought we’d just be waiting for spring. Jo

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