Reading in bed one night, I all of a sudden jump up and declare "Honey! that's a brick chimney under that plaster, isn't it?" Although he'd usually only see this as more work for his-self, I actually got a Omg! I think that's brilliant kinda, light bulb went off look! Lol! Whew!
Immediately the next day I did a tester spot and the rest although a huge mess is history!
We've only finished the main wall (that our headboard goes on) and the left side of the chimney but, I did get the rest of the shiplap cut yesterday and hopefully will get a coat of varnish on them today.
It's cheapo $14 a sheet underlayment (https://www.homedepot.com/p/Underlayment that's been cut into 7 7/8" strips so the tannin's in the wood bleed right through when you paint it. Btw...an excellent trade secret if you ever have that problem when trying to paint wood. Not a fan of pink tones coming through or coat after coat of paint:(
I did manage to get a quick coat of white chalk paint on my favorite antique chest (below) and hubby already had a cute little "Eastlake" style chest (above) on his side in a light grey.
I hope you'll enjoy following along the many aspects to this room with me as we go. Anything from furniture, upholstery, pillows and bedding, painting, woodwork, mortar, and of course what started it all....restoring the floors. The wide planks are only the best case scenario you'd hope to find in a dream house. We hope we can find the same in our next retirement home :)