Houston, we have a problem.

So, about that 1976 mirror removal…

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It came with a strong dose of 1966 wallpaper underneath. That came with a pretty good round of mildew. In other words, Houston, we have a problem.

Whatever we end up doing to this wall, and at this point I still don't really know what we're going to do (all the mirror is officially off now), the texture of the wall does not match the texture of the other three. 

So. Knowing the purpose of this room: homeschool space, and knowing the problem we now face by way of WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THIS WALL??? What would you do here?

We've thought about bead board, I've considered an enormous amount of chalk board paint, and am also wondering if one of those wall sized world maps might be just the ticket for us.

But I don't know. What would you do here if this were your house and this was your problem?

6 thoughts on “Houston, we have a problem.

  1. Kim Smith says:

    We have a very old home built around the turn of the century, so I feel your pain. We recently gutted our upstairs bathroom and to save money, Jay did the drywall himself. While he did a decent job, we realized that texturally (is that a word?), the wall wasn’t all together smooth or uniform. I went to Sherwin Williams and bought a suede finish paint, which is a trick my parents taught me. (They have a similarly old home.)
    The suede finish is essentially fine grit sand mixed with your paint of choice. It only comes in flat finish because that helps hide the imperfections. I have to tell you, it hid ALL the unevenness, texture issues, etc. Everyone who has looked at it loves it and wants it in their home. The sand is not thick, so it’s not like a stucco finish. It’s very fine and subtle. Since you want a dark color on that wall already, that color will certainly work well with the suede finish. Trust me on this one–you’ll love it.
    Besides, if you’re planning on putting a dry erase or bulletin board up there, it will probably cover up a lot of the flaws as well.
    I didn’t steer you wrong with the Rice Krispie Treats…. 😉


  2. coralie says:

    If this was my house, we’d remove the sheetrock or plaster completely and hang new sheetrock. Mildew has a way of holding on, and spreading.
    If that was completely out of the question, and we needed a “good enough for now” solution for a couple of months until we could commit to a renovation, we would paint it in two coats of Kilz before doing anything else to it.
    Or, because we’re crazy people, we may just knock out the entire wall. I don’t necessarily recommend that last thing. 😉


  3. Chelsea says:

    Wall-to-wall bookshelves! (I’m a little surprised this wasn’t the immediate go-to-answer.)
    Or, within budget, you could paint this wall an accent color and then the texturing difference wouldn’t be as noticeable.


  4. Michelle says:

    Our 1969 house came with wallpaper throughout. The fancy expensive kind. Is the mildew underneath it? I stripped that fancy wallpaper with DIF and an extra large dose of elbow/forearm/bicep grease, primed and repainted, and it’s terrific. Of course, all of that is assuming that the mildew hasn’t permeated the drywall.
    I always wondered why people put those wall-to-wall mirrors up. Now I know.


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