A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Why Do I Do It?

As we were hanging drywall in the kitchen, I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice if I patched up the hallway at the same time?”

There isn’t a lot of wall space in the hallway since it mainly consists of doors (six to be exact, plus one opening for the kitchen), but where wall space did exist the paint was cracked or peeling. So I got out my trusty wall scraper and found a spot to get under the paint.

In no time at all, I was once again able to get down to the original plaster, thanks to paper-backed wallpaper and presumably a couple of bad paint jobs (one layer of pink and one in the PO’s favorite non-color, white).

There was also a really bad patch job, which wasn’t even sanded or painted (it happened to match the PO’s favorite shade of white and blended in. I imagine most of these cracks occurred when the PO tore out the bathroom tile on the opposite side and put in the lovely (sarcasm) blue and yellow tile. The orange color you see here is the paper remaining after scraping. All I had to do was apply warm water onto the paper with a sponge and let it sit for a minute — it easily came off with the wall scraper. Another wipe down with clean water removed the rest of the glue.

Did I stop there? Oh no, I saw a crack in the ceiling and decided I should open that up a little in order to patch it. Down came the ceiling paint with an easy swipe of the wall scraper! I honestly don’t know how that paint remained on the ceiling all those years — it was not adhered to the plaster at all.

Now that it’s down I’ve discovered a few more hairline cracks that were hidden under the paint, so this patch job has become a little more involved. First things first though — the kitchen is priority number one. I’m not touching another thing until that project is finished.

I swear.


  1. 1916home on March 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    “I’m not touching another thing until that project is finished.”

    I think we’ve all said that before! Those dreaded words! Uggggh, I digress.

  2. Kathy on March 11, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Ummm…so I guess the good news is your back is feeling better? 🙂

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