Then I was distracted by the "Blue Bedroom". I really could kick myself for not taking "before" pictures of this room, but I will describe it as best I can. (Just to be clear, I inherited this room from the previous owner.)
Picture the walls divided in half horizontally by a chair rail height wallpaper border. "Not so bad." you say. But wait! Imagine the bottom half being a glorious cobalt blue: And the top a lighter shade of blue:
Now picture all of it with a poorly applied sand texture (but much gloppier than this photo):
We're not finished. Stamped onto the light blue, sandy, gloppy paint were red and blue stars. Thousands of them! Well, maybe dozens but it seemed like thousands. They were about 3 inches in diameter and added an unworldly dimension to the room. By "dimension" I mean they protruded from the wall and had to be removed with a razor scraper.
Now remember that wallpaper border? I honestly don't recall exactly what is was.
I think I blocked the memory.
But it was probably planets or something extraterrestrial.
Anyway, there was no texture under the border so I tried to fill in the unsandy stripe by matching it. After all, I could live with the sand texture if I had to. That was fail #1.
Then came the sanding and scraping in an attempt to remove all of the texture. Fail #2.
After a couple more fails, I came very close to knocking out the walls and starting over.
But being the determined girl that I am, I perservered and now the room has a brand new finish and I have a new skill.
We'll save that one for another day.
I could finally get back to the tote.