Sunday, June 05, 2005

Biting the Bullet

Well, today I bit the bullet and tore down the ugly tropical wallpaper in the entry. This means I have committed to work on this project this summer. The walls are in so-so condition. Portions had been replaced with 1/2" drywall previously and there are sections with quite alot of movement in them.

We may just take the plaster out and leave the lathe for strength. It's a small room and we think a good drywall job will outlast repairing the plaster and be quicker to boot. We were VERY lucky because I was able to just peel all the wallpaper off. I used no paste or anything.
Every once in a while, you catch a break.


The moulding will all be carefully removed and stripped. I am planning to wrap it in plastic with stripper and "let the stripper do the work" rather than heat gun it.


Here's a view from the front porch. In my opinion, it looks better already.


close-up of wall

And below is a short of the brackets as they stand right now - 1/2 done.

Next weekend will be a BIG weekend here as we will (finally) be finishing tiling the kitchen and Steve will glue up the shelves and finish them.

6 comments:

Todd said...

I've gutted plaster and replaced with drywall, but I removed the lath. Since the plaster originally attached by oozing it's "fingers" around the lath, I would think it might be hard to leave and get the plaster off without a lot of beating. Also, I found that removing the lath gave me more depth to use the thickest drywall available. Our bathrioom project is at http://www.retroplanet.net/bathroom.html If you start in a loose are with a big wrecking bar you can get under the lath and pry it, or just swing the hook end right into it between the studs. Although some folks prefer the authentic look of plaster, I think drywall looks great in old houses when well installed. Good luck!

Trissa said...

The brackets look great! Nice break on peeling the wallpaper off- I hope the plaster goes as smoothly. We didn't try to save any of the lathe, so I'm not sure how that would work. We did take a bunch of plaster off and then pulled the lathe off, but I'm not sure if any lathe was left behind. I love the trim in the entryway...

c2677 said...

God bless you for taking the time to update this blog while doing this rennovation work. I barely have the time/energy to make coffee in the morning, let alone catalog my home rennovation with digital pictures. I'm lucky I managed a "before" pitcure before the deolition began...

good luck!
-c2677@
www.c2677.com

Kristin said...

I am eagerly awaiting more pictures of the backsplash work with. We're planning to do that ourselves soon.

Kristin said...

I am eagerly awaiting more pictures of the backsplash work. We're planning to do that ourselves soon.

Kristin said...

Oh hell.