We're starting on the living room renovation. 1st step is to remove the wallpaper.
The little room in the back used to be a deck but the original owners converted it to a small office space. I got the surface of the wallpaper removed in there (it came out pretty easily). Now I just have to spray down the paper backing and it should come off. The paper in the living room is going to be a pain. The DIF solution doesn't soak in very well so it doesn't release much of the glue. We got one wall done last night.
We are also going to remove the tongue and grove wood from the bottom of the walls and refill it with drywall. It's about 3/4" thick. I started on one wall to see how easy it's going to come off. Not too bad. We're planning on installing a fireplace (either electric or bio-ethanol). I may use the wood from the walls to decorate the fireplace faux chimney.
For this window, We're going to take down the old lady valence and I'm going to try building shutters (3 1/2").
The wife likes this bio ethanol fireplace. I'm going to build a similar platform and wall. I'll probably use the wood on the wall part (laid horizontally).