so, remember when i was telling you that every wall in the house we’re renovating
had layers and layers of wallpaper underneath layers and layers of paint? i should mention that it was super unattractive because there were millions of wallpaper seams showing through the white painted walls. we were stumped. should we knock down the walls and start over (which we had to do in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and attic for different reasons)? should we skim coat over them? should we just live with it? we settled on scraping off the paint and wallpaper inside two bedrooms with hopes of getting it down to the original coats of paint. then, the plan was to skim coat over that in order to get nice smooth walls. it was going to be a time consuming and tricky project because these are old lath + plaster walls (scraping = crumbling messes).
our crew has been scraping their little hearts out this last week while i was away. and guess what? when i walked into the house after my travels, this is what i saw:
bedroom one week ago.
and here it is now.
i swear, when i turned the corner and saw this, my heart skipped a beat. call me crazy, but it was love at first site. think anthropologie. old french buildings. romance. decor possibilities galore.
and there’s more….
this is what’s being unearthed in the other downstairs bedroom. can you believe it? isn’t it gorgeous? or do you believe me when i say it will/can be gorgeous?
i went home and thought and thought about it. was it crazy to be daydreaming about keeping these walls with their tattered worn patchworked look? they’re so dirty and likely unsafe for babies and mamas but what if…..
i took it to twitter
for opinions and advice. and the verdict: trust your instincts. keep the walls. deep clean them. seal them. all is well. i really needed the confirmation because i hopped in the car, went over to the renovation house, made my case to john, and convinced him to keep these walls!!!! we still have a lot of scraping to do on the 2nd room but it will make the loveliest nursery when we’re done. i just know it.
i have a vision, people. i really, really do.