I am getting ready to repair our old plaster walls in our livingroom. Actually the entire downstairs has old plaster walls in each room, except the bathroom.
I stripped the wallpaper in the livingroom and in doing so I went through decades of wallpaper. It took a very, very long time. The walls are now stained yellow from the old wallpaper paste that was used somewhere in the 1890's. Now before I can get to the fun part of painting the entryway and livingroom I have to spend time repairing the cracks and holes in the plaster walls. Some of the holes you can see the lathwork behind the hole.
I have never done this before. But, in saying that, I had never tuckpointed bricks before this summer either. Here is what I know. If you believe you can do something, that is 75% of the battle. Second, this is my house. I want it to look nice, but I also don't mind it not being a perfect house.
I took these pictures this afternoon. I didn't pick up so you will see a little clutter. We begin our picture journey in the entryway and at the front door.
|The door needs to have the finish repaired|
|Front door is to the left. Original stained glass window.|
|To the right of the entryway, note the bookshelf.|
|The bookshelve on the left is the same one in the prior picture.|
|The bookshelf in this picture is the one on the right in the prior picture.|
|The doorway on the left goes to the bathroom at the end of the hall and|
two bedrooms on the left.
The doorway on the right goes to the diningroom and kitchen.
|The door to the diningroom is to the left.|
The window on the right is a curved window.
|We are now back to the entryway - the curved window is on the left.|
Ignor the gold blotch of paint on the wall
|This is near the ceiling in the entryway. |
The stain is from the yellow wall paper paste.
|In the entryway also.|
|You can see the lathwork behind this hole.|
|Some more cracks|
|A little bit more wallpaper to scrape away.|
The ceiling needs some work also. It was papered with white wall paper years ago and there are several long cracks in the paper. But I am not going to remove it as it could bring trouble and instead I plan to paint it a color other than white - perhaps I will sponge it with a couple of shades of a beige to hide those cracks. I haven't decided.
So, that gives you a visual of what I am up against. I'm ready to start working on it and will begin this Saturday. Wish me luck and I will post pictures as I go. Not as many as I did today - I don't want to overwhelm anyone.