We haven’t made too much progress on our hallway since gutting it, but I’m finally getting around to sharing the pics. We were hoping to find a wad of cash in the wall, but so far no luck. Instead, we found lots of sketchy looking wiring (including electrical outlets that weren’t attached to anything solid, ots of frayed fabric wire coverings), a crumbling plaster ceiling, and the back side of the old chimney.
Here’s the hallway pre-demolition. And if you go back about a year you can see the true hallway “befores”, complete with pepto-pink walls and a urine-soaked rainbow rug. We took a few baby steps to stop the gagging.
This is the hallway now. We still have a tiny bit of gutting left to do, as is evidenced by the shocking pink at the end of the hallway. This portion still has some ceiling left too. Why stop at 90%? Because we were both so tired, sweaty and cranky that crowbars were going to fly if we didn’t call it quits. Seriously. The number of times I broke out in tears during our hallway demolition: 3, and we’re not done yet.
Here you can see the ceiling that needs to go. No worries – we’ll be carefully removing and saving the tin, since I’m in love with it. Do I care that it’s rusted and rotted through in many places? No, I do not. It will be saved.
This is the adjacent bedroom ceiling. We took down 2 of those lovely acoustic-tile drop ceilings while we were feeling frisky. This ceiling has seen many leaks, and is the reason we’re redoing the roof. Once the acoustic tiles came down, much of the plaster decided it too wanted out. Even a few lathe pieces jumped ship. And now, if you slam a door really hard upstairs, you can watch plaster rain from the ceiling. Neato!