One More Old House Secret Revealed

by projectbuddy

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It’s nice to know that my old house still has a few more secrets to reveal to me. One of the things that I have always found really fascinating about old houses is how you can often uncover interesting items hidden away in the attic or even within the walls.

This has not been the case with my house. There have been no stacks of old movie posters used for insulation in the attic, no prohibition era liquor bottles stashed inside a special wall, no diaries, old photographs, or precious possessions…just dust, dirt, and projects needing to be done.

I have been considering options for what to do with a closet had been turned into an awkward hallway from the living room into the bathroom. After scrapping some ideas including built-in bookcases, I decided to eliminate the doorway altogether since it did not fit the room’s original design.

While removing the doorway framing, I was amazed to see some color and pattern that at first looked like just some oddly stained water damage, nothing new. Then I realized it was original wallpaper, coordinating perfectly with the grayed-green paint selected for the walls almost one hundred years later.

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These photographs were taken September 2013. Here is a post with photo of how this doorway looked before any demolition work was done. You will notice that it looks as if the doorway is jammed into the corner, and this is magnified by the way that the framing on the left side is narrower than that on the right side.