Lost and Found Under Peeling Paint

Lost and Found Under Peeling Paint

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Misty Adair
Feb 23, 2010

We have secret fascination with peeling paint, layers of old wallpaper, and architectural elements with a past. The need to uncover and discover takes over because we never know when a lost treasure will emerge.

While having lunch at The Snack Bar, we spied this wall of paint and paper. "Work in Progress" was printed on a sticky note and we were intrigued. It appeared that someone was stripping away old layers of plaster and paint to reveal vintage wallpaper. The same week, we were touring a stately old home in the historic district of Georgetown and once again glimpsed a potential prize. Underneath 1950's fake wallpaper panels, we saw a peek of red print (antique wallcovering, maybe?) It was all we could do to resist ripping that panel off right then to make a discovery.

What hidden treasures have you found in an older home? Have you found anything in a tiny closet corner or under the floorboards? Have you stripped away layers of old wallpaper to find something lovely underneath? Perhaps you walked into a wardrobe and ended up in a snowy other world? Okay, maybe that's asking for too much.

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