Monday, 29 June 2009


This week I have been stripping - wallpaper that is! There are several interesting layers of paper revealed under each other. They all look a bit 1930's in style to me but I have really no idea how old they are. The paper has 'Made in England' printed down the side of the roll, which is something you don't see now. Around the skirting board I have discovered a very fetching border of black gloss paint!
A border of leaves and shell like thingies!

Some lovely flowery paper in various shades of brown!

Finally I got down to the plaster! It seems to have some sort of buff coloured paint on it. The house dates back to the 1700's and I think this might be the first layer of paint ever put on this wall so it is pretty old paint! I am going to have a look at heritage paint colours to see if I can identify it, not that I will be painting the walls back to this colour as it is a bit drab - maybe that's what the paint is called - drab. Anyway, they certainly did like their decor gloomy all those years ago!
On this wall the plaster and the paper came away but it has revealed the lath and plaster and some nice oak beams which we have decided to leave exposed and just plaster in between. It would be a shame to cover them up.


  1. I spent some time stripping wall paper from a bathroom once - - - HARD NASTY WORK!!!

    You have my admiration!!!

  2. It's so exciting, isn't it too hot to do that type of stripping though?!

  3. Oh my goodness. Old homes are SO interesting. How neat, to leave the oak showing.

  4. Almost looks like you went on an archaeological dig there! One of the first things I did when we moved in was strip wallpaper. It was so ugly, and it was put on with a wheat paste, which I had never heard of, and it was very hard to get off. I love that last picture, and I'm glad you're keeping the beams exposed. Such wonderful character! It must be just like unwrapping a big package--minus all the hard work!

  5. You have your work cut out there!
    Good luck ;-)

  6. I love your house and garden. You have a treasure there. I'll be back to track your progress.