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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

A Peek at the Beadboard

I'm not certain how high the beadboard goes up the bathroom walls, but I suspect it goes to the ceiling, maybe even on the ceiling. The first place we saw the beadboard was behind the tub when we opened up the wall. It's painted a dingy beige.

Then I cut a small square in the drywall at about eye level at the back of the closet and saw beadboard there, too. That's higher than chair rail height, so I suspect the beadboard goes all the way up, like it does under the staircase and in the stairwell.

This intact beadboard is one more sign to me that the Parkins - who bought the house in 1969 and did most of the updating - respected the age of the house. They added tile and drywall in the bathroom - but the beadboard is still there behind them. They put down carpet - but it's only double-sided taped to the floor, not stapled. They installed cabinets and vinyl in the kitchen - but the original blue-painted trim and wood floor are still there behind and underneath. And I bet if we went outside and ripped off the aluminum siding, we'd find perfectly intact clapboard underneath.



Patricia W said...

Kristin, that is so exciting! You are very lucky to have bought the house from people who loved it enough to take care when doing their updates. I can't wait to see it when it's out in the open!

1:48 PM  
halloweenlover said...

I agree! You are SOOO lucky. Our previous owners stapled the carpets so much that a couple of steps on the stairs have been virtually demolished and I have little holes all over the floors. It made me cry when I first saw it.

2:02 PM  
1922Colonial said...

I had to laugh when I noticed Darwin working in the bathroom wearing flip flops. My wife yells at me ALL the time for working around the house in improper footwear. I will have to show her this pic for sure. You guys are doing a great job - love reading your posts. I need to set up a blog soon. Keep up the good work!

12:08 PM  
Kristin said...

I thought somebody would get a kick out of the flip flops! I was wearing something much more appropriate - house slippers! ;-)

9:23 AM  
Jody said...

Oh, that is so great. We discovered some beadboard under a wall too and were so happy.

2:04 PM  

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