I just did my Home Depot run. Some of it was stuff I bought shortly after I bought the house… almost 2 years ago. Some of it was stuff I didn’t even recognize… maybe things my plumber left behind. Some of it was visibly dirty, and it must have come from dozens of different receipts. I didn’t even try and just took store credit. And my shame while that poor woman was checking every nut, bolt and washer on the size chart so she could enter the item numbers by hand… and as I watched the line form behind me… let’s just say I wanted to bore a hole in the floor, crawl in it, and die. The only thing to console me was watching the refund amount slowly creep upward. In the end I got $390.48 in store credit. And I got to see this wall again. Until I moved all my doors against it
Then right after I took this photo I moved all my doors against it. Remember, the tapers only need access to the walls that have drywall on them. Right after this, I took 5 of my hoarded doors to a friend. She asked for 3 different styles to keep things as eccentric as possible. I still have one 5-paneled door that’s now stored in the basement. I was thinking that since doors are my favorite thing and I need a day bed in the back bedroom, I can make use of it later. But since I have a metal bed frame and promised myself a year off, it might stay in my basement for a while.
So now other things that have to be done, besides clearing the place out: remember, I was losing my mind when the drywall on the front bedroom ceiling went up. We didn’t do such a great job with it. Some screws didn’t bite into anything. I had to pull them all out. Then in the frenzy that I got into keeping up with the Irishman, there are panels here and there that never got screwed off all the way. I finished most of those upstairs.
And then, I have a few small walls that still sport their original plaster. I love old, imperfect plaster, but many of them fell apart. Most that stayed intact I sacrificed most of mine to have original floors that don’t creak, insulation, walls I can anchor kitchen cabinets to, and exposed brick. The only exception is the 3 small walls at one end of my upstairs hall. The original plaster managed to survive, and I stripped it so the cracks in it can get taped along with the drywall.
But the results from stripping it are better than I expected. It’s a beautifully mottled, creamy color, and silky smooth. Even some of the cracks look great. Some. There’s a big one near the corner and a spall near one doorway that aren’t the least bit attractive.
So here’s the big question. I’m gonna let the tapers repair the cracks and seams… but is there a way to paint around some of this and leave it exposed? Even though I want to, I can’t think of a way to make it look good. And with the dark stained doors, exposed brick, and light original flooring skylight, and two ceiling lights, there’s a lot going on visually already in an extremely narrow space. Anyways, I welcome your feedback.