Why I shouldn’t be left alone on a cold Saturday afternoon: I went to Home Depot to get a new doorbell (the current one is hideous) and found myself in the paint aisle. I ended up buying a 4-inch wall scraper (in addition to the doorbell).
First I tried the scraper out on the bedroom wall that I started picking at last weekend. It worked great and easily took off the remaining bits that I didn’t get with the putty knife.
Then I wandered into the living room and looked at the ceiling. There are a couple of spots where the paint was peeling. I figured, the floor is already covered since the wood strippers are here, so why not try it out? I was surprised at how easily the paint chipped off the plaster for the most part.
So on Sunday I continued with the ceiling while Pete worked on the walls. The living room and dining room both have textured walls and bad patch jobs. I wasn’t opposed to keeping the texture because I thought I could do a nice color wash that would enhance it, but with the cracks and previous patches it would be impossible to match. So I’ve been checking out the Houseblogs like The Petch House and This Old Crack House for good plaster patching tips.
This is what I accomplished in about 4 hours. Doesn’t seem like much, but if we want to do it right (and we do), then we have to scrape. The third bedroom/family room also has peeling paint on the ceiling, but it’s a much smaller room. That room can wait, but it’d be nice to get the living room done before our window coverings are installed. Suddenly we’re looking at our next major project.