Saturday, July 12, 2008
A Hatful of Rain
I second the sentiment of nv at This D*mn House: I hate rain! And because we live on opposite sides of the state, the same rain got us both. NOAA radar showed a big blob of rain stretching across Missouri and I thought, Yep, I'm not workin on my shingles today and she's not workin on her porch. Darnit. But today was not a total loss. The scraping of painted-over wallpaper in the living room continues on. (That wallpaper border up top is three layers thick, by the way, but at least it hasn't been painted.) And I found something interesting. See that horizontal stripe across the plaster? Every so often along it are patched nail holes. So I'm wondering....was there a picture rail up there at one time? And while I was pondering that, I noticed something else. I don't know how well it shows up in the photo, but about four inches above that stripe is the shadow of a long-ago border that's since been removed. Shining a bright light on it, I can see a geometric pattern of alternating light and dark rectangles along the bottom edge but I can't quite make out what the main part of it looked like. Possibly floral or leaves. I think it's the pattern of vintage wallpaper that bled onto the plaster. There don't seem to be any traces of paint there, and the rest of the wall doesn't seem to have been painted. What do you guys think? Picture rail and wallpaper border? Two wallpaper borders? Decorative paint that's been lost forever? Or do you have another theory?