Making a Mess

What the heck happened to last week?  I started off so excited with my jar shelf and then just fell off the blog-post wagon!  So sorry to just leave everyone hanging the rest of the week.  We had a few very, very, very busy days with some sleepless nights mixed in.  Greta can still be up once a night if we don't swaddle her up tightly enough (if she gets an arm out, we're done).  Gus has been training through the night, and while we started off with a bang, we hit a rough patch this past week.  He's back on track now but we're still a little exhausted.  At any rate, I'm happy to be back and slowly catching up on all the great posts I missed last week!

So how's your grass cloth removal project going?

Oh, wait.  That's me.

Grass cloth you say?  What is that?  (Full disclosure- the curtains are not ours.  They were left behind and we have been too preoccupied up to this point to remove them.  Fab, aren't they?)

Our living room is covered in the 1970s version of hell.  Dark green grass cloth is on every wall, making it very dark.  Luckily, we have yet to actually use our living room to live in (it is a toy storage area, basically) so we've just been ignoring it.  Still not quite sure what it is?  Let's go in for a close-up:

It is literally grass woven and stuck onto wallpaper, so it makes it extra special to remove.  It isn't so terrible to get down except that you have to soak it, pull off the grass (see how cleanly that pulls down?), soak it again, soak it again, pull off the green layer, soak it again and scrape off the backing.  It is a mess.  I actually got a splinter in my palm from it.

The good news is that we are finally moving on to our main living spaces in our house update.  The bad news is it took me several hours to take down a few sheets of the stuff.  *sigh*

Better news: we just have to hang bathroom doors and I'll be sharing our nice new master suite.  Thanks for hanging in with me!


  1. Grass cloth? Aaaaaah! I really wonder what makes people think some things are a good idea. Shag carpeting is another one.

    My nephew did the same thing with his swaddle. When he was brand new and he an arm out, it would scare the crap out of him. :-(

  2. That sounds like a BEATING! But you're still making great progress!!

  3. wowsa! Grass cloth is a beast! Hang in there :)

  4. Blech...that looks sooo unfun! I remember my great aunt had that horrible stuff in her living room.

  5. I-yeeks. that looks like a rotten job. i have to say, i actually kind of like the gass cloth. but then again, i've been called crazy before too. here's hoping you guys get some rest tonight.

  6. Grass cloth? Wow. I would be seriously mad about the splinter! Especially since it took so long just to get only some of the job done! Ah...The joys of house projects! You're doing great, though. Hang in there!
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  7. Yuck about the grass! Good luck with that and with your other house projects. I hope that this week goes smoothly for you.