Friday, March 07, 2008

Friday night stripping - and a mystery

I started stripping wallpaper today. I've been threatening to do it forever, and finally I just broke out the fabric softener and scraper and went to town. I got 6 feet or so stripped in a little over 2.5 hours--not so bad. Thankfully it's coming off fairly easily. Woohoo for flour paste!

Here's what I started with (Holes in wall are from electrical crew fishing new wiring--back in 2005. Yes, I've been living with holes in my walls for far too long, but that's another story.)








I took the top layer off and found just one layer underneath (oh thank GAWD).











Underneath this was bare plaster in lovely condition (oh thank GAWD again!). Now I started getting a little confused. The house is circa 1875-1880, but the original layer of wallpaper sure doesn't look like a Victorian pattern to me. I decided to save a little square of it to frame on the wall just for fun. I kept up with my scraping and the plot thickened. The bottom half of the wall was painted brown underneath the bottom layer of wallpaper. WTH?



I did a little investigating in the electrical access hole, thinking maybe they had skim-coated the wall at some point after the initial paint or something, but I found no evidence of it, and there's no difference in grade between the paint and bare plaster. I say again, WTH?

6 comments:

stuffed said...

My house has colored plaster under a later paint job. The color is a light reddish brown. Any chance it's the plaster that's colored?

Sandy said...

Sometimes they used to paint the bottom half of a stairway dark so that when little kids went up or down the stairs the dirty hand prints they left behind as they held onto the wall didn't show up.

Sandy said...
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Sandy said...

Sorry, I didn't mean to post it twice. I will remove one of them. Sigh.

LizzyT said...

You have a beautiful home.

Tiffany said...

ha - that's funny - I have some very similar holes in my bathroom ceiling! They've been there for about 4 years...