It’s officially good-bye to the dirty, falling off wallpaper in our living room. With just a few spots left to drywall there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel. We decided to drywall directly over the existing wallboard. When Coastal Windows & Exteriors installed the new windows in our living room their contractor, Rocky, told AJ that our walls would be better insulated if we just went over the existing drywall with 5/8 drywall (some of the thinnest wallboard you can purchase). It was a great decision and all AJ had to do to prep the walls was to pull off the crown molding and base board and then add outlet extenders.
We made the decision, and this of course is very taste specific, to drywall over the bead board on the fireplace wall. It is gorgeous bead board, which is why we didn’t rip it out, but we wanted the entire room to be uniform. We figured if we changed our mind at some point we could always just take the drywall off the wall. Our house is pretty coastal in style although I’d love for it to be a little more glam in the next few years when the kids get a little older. I’d love more white and nail head trim while still keeping with the coastal feel. AJ would love to see us work in more yellow in our house so I’m trying to figure out how to do that. 🙂
You can easily see on the far left of this photo where there is a tiny piece of drywall that still needs to go up. The existing wallpaper isn’t that much different in color than a piece of drywall… but the drywall just feels so new and clean. This window is one example of something I love but think is a little more rustic than the look I’m eventually going for. That dresser, though… I love it. It was the best $30 I’ve ever spent.
We are still debating how we want to handle the drywall’s seams. It’s incredibly expensive to hire someone to plaster them and we aren’t incredibly skilled at doing it ourselves. We’ve tossed around the idea of wainscoting around the middle of the room and then just plastering the other seams. I’ll keep you posted when we decide what we are going to do but for now the room looks a lot better than it did previously.