|The oldest thing in the chest, pocketbook dated 1847|
Hours and hours and hoouuuurrsss of steaming and scraping (big THANKS to Michael & my brother, Dillon!), the entire area was finally devoid of 5 thick and sticky layers of wallpaper history. There was a day & night difference between the plaster of the hallway and stairwell & the plaster of the master bedroom, and that building receipt from 1916 helped to explain a lot of it. The plaster in the bedroom was smooth, and almost dry wall-like. The plaster in the foyer and stair areas, under a blotchy layer of regal pea soup-green, was noticeably lumpier in nature (so much for just slapping a layer or two of paint over it and calling it done).
Some of the most interesting things we unveiled were found in the master bedroom. While removing the layers of paper from the first short wall in the bedroom we noticed a tic-tac-toe game scrawled in thick pencil lead on the stark-gray plaster wall. Upon removing the paper right next to that we were able to decipher some more chicken scratch exclaiming that "ray loves viola klein" (insert a lumpily drawn heart with a squiggly arrow piercing through it). Ray was Chris's great uncle who left us the paper chest.
|beautiful, beautiful, bygone handwriting|
I am hoping to be able to delve into some of our projects before harvest is in full swing. When that happens, the most Chris & I will see of each other will be the 10 minute intervals when I pull up along side him in the tractor and auger cart while he unloads corn or beans from his combine. Needless to say, we won't exactly have much time for any new home improvement projects. There a few things on our winter project list that we hope to tackle, though.
Here are a few:
1. Put in 5" natural hickory hardwood flooring in our kitchen
2. Remove the row of overhead cabinets above the island in the kitchen.. Its kinda ridiculous right now with both of us being taller than 5'5''. We've both knocked our noggins on the sharp corners of them rushing around the kitchen and its impossible to carry on a conversation with me preparing dinner on one side and Chris sitting at the table on the other. Annoying.....
3. Say "goodbye!" to the wainscoting and chair board outlining our kitchen AND get it painted some cheery, retro colors.
4. Put up 1/4" drywall in the master bedroom over the plaster (because plaster is THE devil and we would get in WAY over our heads if we tried to rip it all out of the monster master bedroom).
5. Refinish the original douglas fir wood flooring that's been hiding underneath carpet since God knows when in the master bedroom.
Here's to hoping that I will be able to put some "Before & After" photos up before spring :)