On Saturday, Greg and I worked on removing the ceiling from the den. We first removed the dry wall that was added sometime around the 1920’s (I found a date on a small piece with 1921 as a marking) when we assume they added electricity. Below the dry wall was a series of laths covered with portions of plaster.
Lath and plaster was a common construction technique that was used up until the 1950’s. The lath is the narrow strips of wood nailed horizontally across the ceiling. We are removing the lath so we can install a new ceiling that properly matches up with the decorative crown molding. Previously, it was hung too low and sagging which covered up parts of the beautiful woodwork. After the the lath is removed from the entire ceiling we will install blueboard with a skim coat of plaster—a technique that mimics the look of old lath and plaster.
Above some objects we found in the ceiling between the lath and beams. To the left a hand-stitched cotton bag, a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes, leather, and then some objects we have yet to identify. Maybe shoe templates and tools?
p.s. greg picked me up this great book of Martha Stewart renovating her Turkey Hill home in Westport, Connecticut. She includes every detail including decorating and landscaping. The books is inspiring but also makes me insanely jealous that I can’t afford a crew to renovate my home.>
Expanding Doorframe in Den