Ritual Confessions

January 27, 2008

Zen exercise

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 5:54 am

I’ve just accomplished the delightful task of pulling off all the wallpaper in the room I want to use for creating collages. I’ve never removed wallpaper before. Beneath the paper was a layer of adhesive which also had to come off. It took hours and hours. We bought a kit from Home Depot created for a 3-step process: there was a tool for scoring the paper, then a spray for loosening it, and finally a scraper for scraping it off. I am here to tell you that this is a huge waste of time and money; it is utterly useless. All you need is water and a sponge, to dampen it down first. I pulled off 99% of it — all except the fragments closest to the ceiling that I couldn’t reach even with a chair. I feel as though I’ve spent the entire day in a gym. But the room is ready for paint: a shade of cream that the Behr folks call “Navajo White” for the lower portion of the room (the section beneath a horizontal wooden beam). For the upper portion, a pale shade somewhere between lilac and periwinkle they named “Twilight Pearl”. (I think the job of naming shades of paint would be nice work if I could get it.)

It was a startling pleasure to choose the colors. A pleasure to have such choices — the freedom to create my own idea of an artistic sanctuary. As tedious as the paper stripping was, it was a good day for such an activity — gray with icy rain. It was satisfying to be accomplishing this cozy and domestic chore, and it will be lovely to soak in a bath before going to bed.  



  1. That is fun, isn’t it? Choosing colors, I mean, not stripping wallpaper.

    At least “Twilight Pearl” kind of sounds like the color you described. It makes me crazy when paint has shade names like “Tranquil Moment,” which could be literally anything.

    You reminded me of the seemingly-endless time I spent, after buying this house, trying to find exactly the shade(s) of green I wanted for the bedroom, and then trying to find them in paint that had limited off-gassing. Yeesh.

    Comment by davidrochester — January 27, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  2. Your colors sound lovely. Creating a personal space is always such an adventure. 😉

    Comment by Shawn W — January 28, 2008 @ 6:15 am

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