|Original 70's ceiling asbestos and plaster coating.|
This coating, consisting of plaster mixed with asbestos, was sprayed on in the 70's to create a fashionable texture look. All dust and spiderwebs stick to it and even if you use a soft brush on the vacuum cleaner, it will start to crumble off. Yikes! So I didn't touch it!
The texture absorbed light and did not reflect it back.
There were beautiful original 1940's cornices hiding under it.
We moved out for a couple of days, after emptying most of the house into the garage upstairs, and downstairs into the smaller bedrooms.
Had a lovely stay at my brothers' house, nice bonus!
The layer was quickly and safely removed by wet steaming and scraping it off like porridge, all the rooms were encased in plastic, which was all taken away.
|After stripping the textured layer.|
It looks very "wabi-sabi" ...
Well, they'll have to be tackled 1 by 1.
|1940's plaster cornices in ugly state.|
|3 New layers of plaster in the dining room.|
Since that was the room we want to concentrate on first.
He did a lovely job.
|Cornices fixed up and sanded.|
He was very careful, and as always, meticulous.
Although he criticised his own work....
|Painting the cornices carefully.|
|A fresh, white, smooth dining room ceiling!|
There is a second woodfire in the dining room which we don't need. We had the house insulated last year and we always have the rooms open to the woodfire in the living room.
The firebox is already out and sold to a friend, chimney and all.
Next: the ugly dark brick fire place surround is coming away!
|A new macho toy to tackle the bricks!|