In one of our first posts, we noted the treasures and tribulations that we found in our old house. Unfortunately, when you are in the process of a complete renovation some original details get lost. I thought I’d go through and do an accounting of what we wanted to save and couldn’t, along with the few things that were a pleasant surprise.
This was probably the biggest win. When we brought some professionals (who shall remain nameless) through the house they speculated that the fireplaces were not marble and possibly were painted concrete. After a lot of toil and trouble we went from this:
2. Wooden Shutters
Saved! After prying off years of paint we discovered that all of the original shutters were still intact. Some were in better shape than others.
3. Etched glass door
Saved! From this:
4. Tin ceilings
These were not original to the house but were very old. When people couldn’t afford the upkeep of their original plaster ceilings they tended to put up tin over them as a cheaper solution to repairing and skim coating plaster. In the 70’s they just put in drop ceilings. Although not original, they were very pretty so we wanted to keep them.
We were able to save the tin in the hallway.
After – really just a paint job
The kitchen ceiling was previously a bedroom ceiling. We were able to save most of it but we had to incorporate it into the new construction. We looked everywhere and could not find this pattern or the tin crown with the shells. We think it came out pretty well.
These results are stunning.
Nice! Did you have the shutters dipped, or did you use another method of paint stripping? We have 4 sets of shutters left to strip – not particularly looking forward to it.
We had some dipped at Strip N’ Dip and some the contractors stripped by hand and some were just scraped and sanded then painted. I tried to do one myself but with all those nooks and crannies it was really difficult.