Note: The first half of this post is Josh’s writing. I wanted to get demolition all into one post and it looks like we didn’t do that over on our old blog.
The first big remodel project that I have chosen to do is the bathroom. It is incredibly ugly and needs to be updated and brought out of the 50s and 70s. Just before Christmas I took the old wall coverings off. Rather than paint this bathroom was done in wood slats. It wasn’t exactly paneling, but was instead some unfinished wood nailed to the wall.
Before removing all the wood, I often wondered why somebody would put wood slats on a bathroom wall. I was able to look under the wood a little bit and see dark gray paint with some shiny gold showing through the paint. After taking down the wood, I found the walls had been covered in gold foil wall paper.
Unpainted gold foil wallpaper behind toilet
As I removed the wall paper, I was able to see yet further into the past. Under the wall paper was yellow and pink paint.
It was fun to remove all the ugly parts of the past in my bathroom. It was interesting to me to see what it looked like in the past. Nothing had been taken out in the entire 60 years of the house’s history. Everybody before me just covered up and moved on. While that created more work for me, it did give me more insight into my house and the decorating ideas of the past.