This was the first room that I tackled that required anything beyond a simple paint job. The first task at hand was just cleaning the walls…because I just want to state for the record that those brown-paneled walls were DIRTY. Like, disgustingly dirty…like, took-3-full-washes-to-get-them-remotely-clean-dirty. It was during my search for a wall-cleaner that I discovered the power of TSP (or tri-sodium phosphate) *cue angels singing!*, which is an industrial-strength degreaser. I found it at my local Home Depot (or Lowes), and it’s only a few dollars for a box of powder that you add to water and mix up, so it actually lasts you quite a while. It’s not something that I would use for just every day cleaning, but it’s really great at getting the stuff off that other cleaners just won’t touch.
The chandelier was another DIY project. That I will write about later, but the link where I got the idea for it is here. I basically followed the steps exactly, except that I didn’t use a fruit basket (I used only the wreath form), and I used a hole punch to cut my circles, rather than doing it by hand. Altogether, that only cost about $12 to do.