Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bare Little Foyer

This heap of wallpaper on the floor...
(and here you can see how truly bad the floor looks)
and the steamer up on the ladder...
Can only mean one thing...

Yep.  The foyer walls are finally bare.

And it occurred to me as I snapped these photos that the last time the walls were plain plaster like this must have been shortly after the house was built in the fall of 1887.  I hope Mrs. Kelly's ghost approves of the new wallpaper. 


  1. But nice looking boards in the floor, though. Is that oak?

  2. Did I ever tell you about the time in a previous old home that I stripped the wallpaper off only to find that it was the only thing holding the plaster up? I still shudder ever time I think of stripping wallpaper.

  3. You left her bare nekked?? In this weather?? ;) You'd better get her dressed properly & soon!

  4. Errr.....the suspense is killing me! I can't wait to see the wallpaper!

    And what about the floor? Have you figured out what will take that glue off? From the edges it looks like you have some nice wood under that gluey mess.

  5. Karen Anne, Mare thinks they're pine...I'm not sure what they are.

    Christine, Yikes!! Thanks for telling me that now that I'm done instead of at the beginning. :)

    Kate R, Proper dress coming soon....

    Milah, Nothing I've tried has worked, so I think I'll have to sand it off. Sigh...

  6. I hope you get a sander for Christmas....I have a feeling that floor is gonna be gorgeous!

  7. No problem. Didn't want to freak you out. We ended up tearing out all the remaining plaster and lath and drywalling. Of course, non of the studs were on center. It was the project from Hell and I'll never forget it. Nor will I ever do it again.

    We've been told that is what the floor looks like in our dining room under the vinyl. Hence the vinyl is still there. We are suffering from fear of glue.