Watch the transformation of an MCR - our mid-century ranch

Watch the transformation of an MCR - our mid-century ranch
Built in 1957 as the model home for the development. 1796 sqft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Demo of the Built-In

Hey everyone. Sorry I haven't posted anything in forever but sometimes 'life' gets in the way of hobbies. Things are going well but slowly at the house. We are now beginning to re-do the den and kitchen so there should be some big changes coming up! Hope you will tune in to see what happens.
This time we removed the countrified built-ins. I know that is a sin but there was no way to modify them in a way that would be acceptable to us. We are not fans of mid-century country - not by a long stretch.

When I peeled away the bookcase we discovered more of the 'half record' ceiling plaster pattern. Now we have a dilemma. We are almost 100% sure that the den was originally two rooms so we don't think that the plaster pattern continues across the entire ceiling.

Our original plan was to scrape the popcorn off but I am not sure that it is possible to do without damaging the plaster. And the plaster doesn't go all the way across - why else would they popcorn the ceiling if it did? So if we remove the popcorn we would have to drywall over everything anyway. So it looks like the popcorn will be staying for the moment.

Oh yeah the original ceiling was a pinkish putty color - yikes!

Under the built-in desk we find the original flooring - some tacky paper linoleum of some sort, which is not salvageable in any way.

Of course Sedona slept through the entire demolition process.

Eventually the desk will live here and I will build a new bookcase to go over the desk - I have to hide the exposed plaster in the ceiling.