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The house has been ours for one week now. This first week has been all about introducing friends and family to Maisy. I love sharing her history and the plans to bring our story and hers together.

Over the last seven days we completed phase one of the first project, with just a bit of a snafu as I shared in this post.

We then moved on to project two, the guest bedroom. The plan for this space wasn’t too intense, mainly cleaning up the poor paint jobs that have been done over the years.

As we began prepping the walls we noticed that there were weird canvas type patches in sections on the walls. They created noticeable spots on the wall and we decided that they needed to be removed and properly patched instead of just painted over. Little did we know…

These patches were put in place because the old paint had begun to peal away from the plaster walls. Instead of properly fixing this issue, they had in essence had a “bandaid” applied.

We went to our local paint store to chat with the experts to see if they knew what was happening with the old paint and the best way for us to move forward. We learned that during the war years paint wasn’t readily available so if homeowners wanted to freshen up their walls they had to use a chalk like substance (like the paint you see on the base of trees). Latex house paint does not adhere well to this “wartime paint” so it is common to have it peal off in areas.


The bad news, we have to scrape off all of the paint on the two walls where the paint is pulling away from the plaster. The good news, it is only two walls of the room and this is the only room in the house where this is occurring. The even better news, our daughter Rachel is loving the process of scraping off paint. Woohoo, free labor!! After we scrape the paint we then have to wipe down the walls, let them completely dry, then primer the plaster and we will be ready for new paint.

So project number two hit it’s own snafu. That is two for two! I think this might be the “character” you hear people talk about when they refer to old homes.