Delightful, De-wallpapered and Decorated

I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I would be lending a hand to my friend Scoobie to remove wallpaper from her livingroom and diningroom. Regular readers may remember that Scoobie's the one who is writing a Western and loves the look of the Arts and Crafts period mixed with Western kistch.

Well, the wallpaper she had (and still has in the diningroom) was a bit twee for her tastes-- ovals of peach flowers with aqua stems. All very late 80s, early 90s...
You can see in this rather blurry (sorry!) photo what the room looked like before we started work on removing the paper...
And here, the wallpaper is going buh-bye...It didn't just peel off, but with a little soapy water, it was a lot easier to scrape away.
She and I spent two days of a weekend working on it, and then Scoobie finished it up herself in evenings during the week. Then it got painted a soft, robin's egg blue, which really makes her brown accessories pop!

The color was actually chosen to match the sky in the painting she already had over the mantle. She's already settled a lot of her thrifted and antique malled goodies into place there...
An arts and crafts cabinet helps hold other beloved treasures, while her resident cowboy and horse (courtesy of TJ Maxx) wait for their next round-up.

The arts and crafts lamps look just right against the inviting blue walls...
And she's found a place for some of those kitschy Western themed bourbon bottles she's found at flea markets and thrift stores over the years...
Thanks to Scoobie for letting me share photos of her home with you today! I guess her dining room will be the next decorative undertaking-- helping to liberate it from a garden of different large peach flowers, and peach draperies.

Take care, folks. Until next post!

6 comments:

Lovely Greens said...

Great colour! :)

MommaMindy said...

I'm from Montana originally and thought the blue walls for the cowboy decor was a perfect choice. Montana's sky is HUGE and BLUE, that's why they call it Big Sky Country. Now you just need to paint a few big white fluffy clouds along the top of the wall....:)jk, of course...looks great!

PJ | Home and Garden Decor said...

This blue makes a really great contrast color to the brown furniture.
I love Scoobie's western themed home decor and accents.
Best Wishes
Paula Jo

Jenn Thorson said...

Lovely Greens- I'll let her know! :)

Mindy- You've totally pinpointed the thinking behind the blue. She was originally thinking she'd do it either an orange/coral or a brown but then realized she had a lot of brown already in the room, and the orange might conflict with the rooms off of the living room (which both have a lot of red). The blue seemed to make sense.

PJ- It's funny how versatile blue and brown can be. Scoobie will be happy to know folks enjoyed seeing her room.

Cowgirl said...

I never would have thought about using blue on the walls like that. We have skip-troweled walls in tan with white crown moulding. It really looks good. We too do the Western motif in a small farmhouse on the plains.
Glad I didn't have to get involved in wallpaper removal. Looks horrible.

Melanie said...

That room turned out great. I'm not generally a fan of blue walls but with the brown, they look great. I also LOVE that the moldings aren't white.