The second bedroom is currently the most frightening in the house, but it also has tons of potential. In the attic you can see that underneath the wall and ceiling coverings in the second bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room there is actually v-groove old-growth fir paneling throughout. All three rooms are solid wood! Because the second bedroom is also going to be my temporary workshop, I was keen to get to work on it. I started by removing multiple layers of wallpaper and some sort of cardboard backing on the walls in solid sheets using my pry bar. Next was removal of the crown moulding, and then removal of the ceiling coverings. The ceiling had wallpaper, but I wasn’t sure what was between that and the v-groove. It turned out to be a layer of 1/2″ vintage gyprock that had been nailed in. It was a messy job to remove it, but definitely worth it.
Some before shots, just in time for Halloween:
And now, removal of the wall and ceiling coverings:
There are multiple layers of paint on the v-groove, which makes sense since they probably weren’t covered for maybe the first 30 years of the house. It looks like the most recent colour on the walls is a light shade of pink and on the ceiling a very light blue. The dark parts where the crown moulding would go is bare wood that’s never been painted. I’ll be sanding everything down till smooth in preparation for a new coat of paint — perhaps the first these walls have received in more than 50 years!
First up is removal of the window mouldings, and sorting out how difficult it would be to insulate and add a vapour barrier to the exterior walls of the room.