My house is in pretty solid condition, but was unfortunately the victim to some pretty badly done renovations, apparently right before it went on the market. The worst of these was the disastrous floor finishing job that I’ll have to re-redo later on. Then the walls were covered in loose wallpaper, and instead of scraping it off, whoever did this work decided to smear joint compound like icing over everything. Also check out that angled piece of door casing covering the gap in the floor. Awesome.
Luckily it takes no trouble at all to get the wallpaper off, along with the terrible skim coating! That leaves my house looking more like this (until I strip the rest off with water)
I also decided once and for all I was not going to stand for having my railing painted. It was once stained dark, but someone slapped paint on it so thick the runs look like candle wax. I started at the scrolly part at the bottom, and I think it’ll be that bad of a job to finish it.
Almost too easy, right? But there was no way I’d let it stay that way. I took the plunge with exposed brick. Started in the vestibule so if it was horrible I wouldn’t be committed to a whole wall. Those walls, were badly sheet-rocked instead of badly skim coated, so I got to see that before the skim coating, the walls were actually in pretty good shape. There was just one layer of paint over old wallpaper. In the vestibule there was also pink and burgandy plastic tile, and just a bit of the old wallpaper unpainted so you can see the pattern. I guess someone had plywood paneling over the plastic tile at some point?
First I used a hammer and a brick splitting chisel, and hit my hand so many times the hammer cut my skin open. Then my awesome next door neighbor gives me these:
That’s a folding scaffold! And on it, a chip gun, or a chisel that hammers itself! Made the work faster, but more dust and noise than when I did it by hand! And that leaves us right about here:
Looks like the next week or so will be more of these same jobs, but more fun to come!