As I’m sure I’ve mentioned, I moved into a new apartment a couple weeks ago. In rural Ringoes, NJ, many of the apartments are located within converted old homes and farmhouses. The house that contains my apartment was built around 1880, and once served as a hospital. About 20 years ago it was slightly modernized and converted into three apartments. The “modernization” included the installation of peachy/orange/pinkish carpeting and lots of wallpaper. Ew! But hey, the rent is cheap.
I’ve solved the problem of awful carpeting by strategically placing area rugs around the apartment. The kitchen wallpaper is a little more tricky. My landlord told me that I’m welcome to remove the wallpaper and paint. But when I move out of this place, I’ll have to re-wallpaper the kitchen. It’s a lazy landlord thing. If the room is wallpapered, then you don’t have to repaint it before the next tenant moves in. I guess the smartest, cheapest and easiest thing to do would be to just keep the current wallpaper. But look at this stuff!
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, orange plums, leaves and flowers… all growing on the same magical vine. And there’s a border print. Is this not the ugliest wallpaper you’ve ever seen?! Every time I look at it, I just want to dig my fingernails into it and tear it to shreds. This ugly crap needs to go.
(also pictured: fuse box, thermostat and electrical outlet)
So what should I do? Leave it alone? Tear it down and paint (and re-wallpaper later)? Tear it down and wallpaper now? Or just burn this old house to the ground and move on? Help me!