Lost and Found Under Peeling Paint

Lost and Found Under Peeling Paint

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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