You all know, of course, that peer pressure can bite you in the heiny even when you're 45, causing you to do zany things like wear a floppy crocheted hat, stand like a mod-60's swinger and wear loud outfits that have enough polyester in them to stretch over couches or truck beds.
But that's not all. It can cause you to tear up your house in one weekend.
Let me explain.
Since I've been a SAHM this month, I've grown fond of the HGTV-type home design shows, although they totally intimidate me. For instance, there is one show on A & E called "Sell This House," which parades prospective buyers through houses, taping their negative comments about the way the house is decorated or laid out to be replayed for the embarrassed, indignant current owners.
This show does not intimidate me; this show horrifies me. It's like watching the proverbial train wreck. I can't not watch, and yet, I wince. I think I can say that hearing what people are thinking about my house instead of just imagining the comments is truly one of my nightmares. It's as bad as that show where they put people in a glass booth and ask passersby, "Just how old do you think this woman is?" Just kill me now.
So one day I was swimming around in "Lake Laundry" in the fam room when "Sell This House" was on. Suddenly, buyers began guffawing and pointing at a wallpaper border.
It was the same one I have in my kitchen.
It wasn't like I didn't have a clue that my border is a little old-fashioned and country looking, because as I stated before, no matter how I start out decorating a room, it ends up looking like the Brewster sisters from "Arsenic and Old Lace" live there. I totally know this about myself.
And I had just recently begun to think, "You know, that border has been up since September 11, 2001. I know because I was listening to the radio during the aftermath while I papered this room. It's time to update it. Still, it's such a big room, and I have double-bordered it (ceiling and chair rail), so when I start, I need to be committed to the task, because it's a big one."
And then came the mocking. The ridicule. The derision. Oh, the scoffing that came from that show. I don't know what these people's names were, but we'll just call them, "The Scofflaws," because they scoff at traditional decorating tastes. Especially flowery borders.
So on Thursday "peer pressure" from afar bit me. I went at it. I even paid my 15 year-old to use the little tool that punctures the paper to prepare it to be torn down and assist me. Fifteen year-olds are clock watchers, by the way. If they work 10 minutes over the hour, they want their two pence for that 10 minutes.
I began to scrape away "National Lampoon's Kitchen Border" when I found this underneath:
At first, I thought it was mold, but we had an expert come out and look at it, and he said, "No, what you've got there is dry wall, plus two layers of paper plus paint plus a skim of dry wall over that and then your paint and paper. The former owners skimmed drywall over the walls so they wouldn't have to mess with it."
Thank you, former owners. And by the way, did you wear crocheted floppy hats and stand in that avant garde way when you pasted that western-themed paper with the carriages, sheriff badges and lamp-posts on my kitchen walls in 1966?
So, I spent all of a beautiful July Saturday scraping. All I know is, no more wallpaper for this room. As far as the TV shows go, I can't even be safe painting it white because someone will say it's too stark. But soon I will have to commit to some kind of decor, and then I will be vulnerable to the peer pressure of design shows again. Aack!
Any paint suggestions? Does anyone out there know any new color/design trends that do not have traces of flowers or horse-drawn carriages about them?
Here are a couple of interesting helps I found, although since it's already mid 2008, they're a little dated: Hunter Douglas and Colourlovers Blog.
Tell me what you think!