But when you enter into the central entry hall the first thing that you see is an ugly cold air return. The way it was installed, it hides about 10 inches of the arch that leads into the back hall. It's beyond ugly. Not only does it hide part of the arch but it was covered in dry wall and doesn't match the plaster walls at all.
It's got to go and Wednesday was the day.
Look at that lovely Big Gulp in our newly discovered niche.
We started ripping it out and in less than an hour we removed that ugly dry walled monolith.
This is what it looks like now. We are going to relocate it to the other side of the wall in the laundry room. You can see that this was installed while the walls were pink. I will need to locate more of this vintage baseboard. I'm sure I'll be able to find some at my favorite place in Grass Lake but I'll wait until I know exactly how many feet I will need to finish all of the first floor.
See the cracks. I'm thinking niche. I'll know for sure when I get over to that corner in my paint scraping. BTW isn't that floor lamp purdy? I have two of them.