so little time.
Where to begin?
Pete and I spent much of the weekend scraping walls. Pete had already started on the TV room last week, but we dug into it again.
The walls in this room looked bad before, but now they really look like crap.
We knew this room needed work, but this is a bigger job than we thought. There was obviously some damage at one point under these windows because as we scraped paint (which came off relatively easily in spots), the plaster surface displayed hairline cracks shaped like a spider web, which meant that it wasn’t adhering well to the base plaster. We were able to get it down to the brown coat in many spots like this.
We haven’t even tackled the peeling paint on the ceiling yet so who knows what that will look like.
If we had a bunch of time on our hands, like week-long vacations, we might be able to handle it. But being self-employed doesn’t give us that luxury right now, so we ended up calling the plasterers we used last year for the living room and dining room.
Even with our prep work, it’s still not an inexpensive job. But once these rooms are done, we’ll be finished with the major plaster repair, hopefully for a long, long time.
To help keep costs down, we’ll be masking the woodwork ourselves. That means we’re going to be busy this weekend. They’re arriving bright and early Monday morning.