It looks like Spring may finally have arrived in Illinois; the ladybugs are crawling everywhere, squirrels are randy, and the lilac in the yard is beginning to bud.
Time for a spot of spring cleaning, perhaps, but – oh, dear – a glance around the old homestead reveals a bit more than a scrubber and hot water is required. Paint and wallpaper are definitely needed in abundance to replace the faded, jaded, character of the front bedroom and kitchen.
I used to be a dab hand with a paintbrush, and wallpapering came naturally, so all that’s required is a few tools to accomplish the task. There’s already a scraper and paintbrushes tucked away in the garage somewhere, but the one thing we don’t have is a pasting table.
A good table is vital, otherwise your paper keeps slipping all over the place when you try to paste it.
A trip to Lowes produced nothing but a blank stare from the assistant, who obviously had no idea the wallpaper in their decorating compartment required anything to stick it to the wall.
Menards was similarly dumbfounded.
“Paste tables? Sorry, we don’t have a computer department. Have you tried Radio Shack?”
What do they know?
Why am I driving all over town? The internet always solves my purchasing problems.
A quick Google, and there it is: “Paste Table with Plywood Top – £14.99”
What could be easier?
Hang on, why is that a ‘pound’ sign? Oh, Blast! It’s a UK website.
Thirty minutes later, after trawling through eBay, Google, and half a dozen other search engines, I found the only website in the US selling a similar paste table. Almost breathlessly, I clicked on the link.
Okay, now admittedly it’s got an aluminium frame and steel legs, but can that justify over twenty times the price? As a special concession they offer free shipping. But then, to add insult to injury, I noticed it was ‘DISCONTINUED”.
“Excuse me, Mister man-at-Lowes, but I’ve come to return these six rolls of anaglypta wallpaper.”
Now, where’s that scrubber, and a bucket for the hot water?
 Wilkinsonplus.com A UK website
 Paint Store Online A US website
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