This is an older post but when I wrote it I hadn't figured out the linky parties yet and because I was so busy with my art show this week I haven't done much around the house. I didn't want to miss out on all of the fun though at Remodelaholic so I am linking up this post with them today. Be sure and stop by and see all of the fun creativity there by clicking here.
I did it again. I forgot to take a before picture. Another Before and After FAIL. When will I learn?
Any hoo, my mom moved into her condo about ten months ago and like a lot of properties from the late eighties or early nineties, it was covered in wallpaper. She had a lot of it professionally removed but there were issues in the kitchen and she finally opted to have the wallpaper painted. For the most part this worked out fabulously except for behind the kitchen sink. In this area the paper was not smooth and even after a bit of spackling paste and another coat of paint it was obvious that a corner had been cut. So put that image of a lumpy bumpy green wall in your head for the before shot.
She thought she might install a tile back splash but even though the layout of the kitchen meant she really only needed to address the short wall behind the sink, tile and installation was a rather expensive remedy. Then one day while browsing through Home Depot we spied these wall panels. They are a thin pressed thermoplastic lightweight panel that not only installs easily but is a very affordable alternative to tile. The brochure says to special order but our local Home Depot had everything we needed in stock. Mom chose a crosshatch silver but these panels come in about a half a dozen color options.
We bought five panels to handle the back splash area on the one wall but then the holidays came and went and still those lonely panels sat collecting dust and waiting to be installed. Finally last week my sweet hub offered to help me put them up. which really means I hang out and talk to my mom, sip a glass of wine, and occasionally hand him a tape measure or scissors when prompted while he does all of the work. We thought it would take about an hour but it took more like two and a half. We had a couple of outlets to account for and even though it is a relatively inexpensive transformation at $ 20 for a 18 x 24 inch panel we didn't want to make any mistakes. You know that old adage of "measure twice cut once" , we were living by it. We just used plain old scissors to cut the panels and a caulk gun and multi purpose adhesive to apply them to the wall. The end result though was a creative, inexpensive transformation and worth the minimal effort.
Take a look. Don't you think it worked out well?
Fasade even offers coordinating kits to cover the outlets and light switches. I was reluctant at first and thought about just having Mom purchase stainless outlet covers but in the end we chose the kit method and they were really a breeze to install. Voila! A beautifully finished look that has style written all over it and you can buy it here.
See Mom. Doesn't she look happy?
Yes, definitely worth it.
Happy Mother's Day Mom