Like our foyer, the front room has canvas on all the walls. Way back when it was common to lay canvas over plaster walls to help cover up any cracking that might occur. However, over time the canvas can separate from the plaster and the cracks eventually start to show
In came the ladder
After the first patch was exposed (that black grime you see isn’t mold, it’s just dirty adhesive that’s left from attaching the canvas to the wall), I moved throughout the room working on other problematic areas
In some places, the ceiling and walls will need to get repaired a bit (a la work on my art room ceiling way back nearly 2 years ago)
In other places, we’ll just have to clean things up, reattach the corners of the canvas to the plaster (using wallpaper glue), patch the hairline cracks, re-texture to make a smooth transition from areas that have no canvas to the original canvas walls, and then paint some elastomeric primer to cover up any last cracks that are visible.
It’ll be a lot of prep before we can even think about getting to the painting, but it’ll to a whole lot to bringing this room back to life