Sunday, September 23, 2007

I hate this wall!

I just realized I didn't post a picture showing why the wall needs new plaster. Here it is. I had to take the picture in sepia because the damn walls are so bright white it didn't show anything on the regular setting. This is the only wall in the whole house that needs any work. The paper plate looking thing is to cover the hole from where the botbellied coal stove vented. The original heat in this house came from 3 botbellied coal stoves...one in here, one in the kitchen, and one in the front bedroom. I have no idea what the little eye hooks are for. You can also see the wall is rippling, its like that all the way across and down. You can't really see it, but there is also a hole on the ceiling (above the cover) that has been plastered over. It looks like a flaw in the plaster in this picture. The PO's said that after the stoves and before the central heat they had some kind of wall heat. I don't know if that hole had something to do with that, or if it came from somewhere else. Oh, and those are cobwebs...I really need to take care of that!

And about the stoves...I wish they were still here. Even if we never used them, I think it'd be great just to have them. And eventually we are going to add period appropriate wood burning stoves where all the coal stoves used to be. But we have a teeny tiny (virtually nonexistent) budget right now so it's going to be a while.

5 comments:

This Old Erie House said...

We have one of those paper plate things, too, in the kitchen. I'm sure it belonged to the kitchen stove. I'm planning on leaving it as it is part of its history.

BeccaMarie said...

We're going to leave it too until we put in a woodburner. We're just going to fix the plaster.

Doug K said...

Those paper plate things (Flue covers) are still available, and are cream colored, with a printed scene in the middle. Sometimes you get your choice of "summer, fall, winter or spring" calendar art.

You have to find an old-fashioned hardware store (or maybe a farm supply) to get them. They just shove in with springs, so you should be able to pry that one off to do a good plaster job.

Nora Hutchinson Johnson said...

Yikes! We're about to embark on a huge plaster project too, but it's currently in such horrid shape that I'm heitant to post a picture of it until there's a nice "after" picture to go next to it...daunting. We Start work on it again this weekend....good luck!

Old House Gazette said...

The Do-It Best hardware store here in Greencastle, Indiana sells the flue covers. I know cuz I used to work there. lol They aren't expensive. If yours is really old though, I'd keep it as is for the novelty value.