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Today’s project: This bedroom was wallpapered with gak! It did cover some bad plaster, and the seams were well adhered.

We stripped the paper from the rear wall which peeled pulled big gaps of old paint from the plaster. That required much skim coating.

Our solution for the other walls (Thank you Brian Box for the suggestion!), was painting the wall paper with an oil based primer, mudding the seams, then painting over. This technique looks like it’s going to work great. While it’s pretty labor intensive, it’s not as intensive as stripping then repairing old plaster.

Chelle put on some old Beach Boys while we worked. Here’s two of my favorites:

Kenny Ellis

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On September 6, 2017, we bought a 134+ year old Colonial Revival Eclectic known locally in Coldwater, Mississippi, as Ms. Sadie’s Place. We aren’t sure of the age of the house yet; there are old photos dating back to 1883, when she was a much smaller but established version of herself. In 1942, she was moved a mile South, along with the rest of the town of Coldwater (including a massive church) to make way for the Arkabutla Reservoir, built by the WPA in response to the Great…


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