Sunday, September 23, 2007

A century of paint layers

The bedroom off of the dining room had paneling on the wall on the left. It had been held up by a delightful combination of nails AND adhesive, leaving pockmarks and wavy stripes of dried glue.

The wallpaper steamer softened the adhesive -- and the paint, creating a gooey mess.

Most effective: Chip with a wallpaper scraper, then sand with a random orbital sander.
Does this look like a used Everlasting Gobstopper or what?

This is how you can find the historic colors of your home, if you're a die-hard preservationist.
You also can take a small divot of plaster out with the tip of a small knife.

Historic paint links:


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