I am currently living that dream. All I want to do is start wallpapering the ModLodge, but I can't. I just. Can't.
After my last post where I posed the question about how to tackle the baseboards, I received one particularly interesting piece of feedback from my mother's friend. She suggested that I needed to remove the baseboards prior to wallpapering, then reinstall them afterward so that they hold the paper in place and prevent it from curling.
Unsure if I agreed with this logic, I sought answers online and for once I came up short. Desperate, I posed my question to the DIY subreddit. Because when you want help, it's best to seek it from a congregation of anonymous assholes.
"Which comes goes first: new wallpaper or new baseboards?"
I got a number of responses within an hour and while I think every one of them was making fun of me, there was a general consensus (except for a fight that broke out between two Canadian contractors) that the best order would be to apply the grasscloth before installing new boards. And if I had any lingering doubts, there was this response:
"Goddamn! Baseboards LAST! After wall coverings, after flooring. Dead fucking last."
There was also this helpful tidbit:
"Wallpaper is bad for re-sale value. You are dating your house and lowering its value. Maybe just do 1 accent wall. I refuse to let me wife wall paper a whole room."
With that sorted, I went about removing the baseboards (more on this later). I also realized I needed to paint the ceiling. And, that a good amount of prep needed to be done to the walls before papering (more on this later, too). No big deal.
I was tempted to ignore it until after I finished my originally intended project, but of course then I'd risk getting varnish on my precious grasscloth. Ok, fine, I'll take another day to re-do the window. Again, no big deal.
I started by sanding. And sanding and sanding. After 2 days of repeated sessions, it still wasn't entirely stripped down, but I didn't have the rest of my life to devote to sandpapering. Meanwhile, I'd made a trip to the store to buy a can of polyurethane. When I stepped back and looked at the sanded wood, however, I noticed that it was now very pale.
Fine, back to the store to get a wood stain. When I got home, I changed my mind about the color of the stain, thinking it was too light. Fine, back to the store to get a darker stain. Get home, test it out on a portion of the frame, and decide it's too dark. Nevermind, I'm going to use it anyway.
Oh wait, these fumes are too intense. I should do this when the kids are out of the house.
Oh wait, this needs 6 hours to dry between coats.
Oh wait, the poly needs to dry completely before I put the primer on the walls.
Oh wait, the primer needs to sit for 24 hours before I start wallpapering.
Oh wait, Home Depot doesn't carry wallpaper tools.
Oh wait, neither does Orchard Supply Hardware.
Oh wait, I have lunch plans I have to stop and get in the shower.
Oh wait, time to get Oscar from school.
Oh wait, Milo's up from his nap.
Oh wait, I have to start dinner.
Oh wait, I'm just going to sit here and eat a sub and blog about how much time I don't have to waste.
And so on and so on. Five days and counting and I'm nowhere near ready to wallpaper.