In other news we went ahead and peeled a layer of the upstairs kitchen back in search of something less gnarly. I wish I had taken a few more before pictures. But i think the room as a whole overwhelmed me and so all I have is a delicious collection of closeups.
Cheesy Chicken wallpaper border:
Absolute Asthma Attack Fan:
But as you can see, I knew from one of my patented tweaker-archaeologist digathons that something nicer was beneath. And since this is one of only two room in the entire house without a dropped ceiling, it's actually going to be much easier to finish (theoretically). The other cool thing is that it opens to the back stairs which have a mini-deck. Really a wooden fire escape if you want to get technical. So this room may one day be a groovy sleeping porch situation if we build a proper deck back there. Here's the closest thing I have to a full on before shot:
Bye bye chickens, maybe someday I'll wake up start thinking appliance cozies and geese with bonnets are where it's at. Maybe... Until then.
And here's the floor. So much better already huh?
Nice right? I haven't peeled all the wallpaper off yet - but the chickens alone made a big difference. Trust me.
Over where the sink and stove were (this was a two family remember?) we discovered that ugly (in this case) was more than skin deep. Some fantastically scabby layers of decor.
Take a closer look. Yeah, one of those is an orange pepper which is cool and all. I feel you mister 1950's wallpaper designer. But did you need to add an orange artichoke? Couldn't you have just stopped while you were ahead? No? Never, you say? Oh well.
Don't get me started about the mushroom bouquet.