A year ago, the stairhall niche had water-stained peeling wallpaper. You can also see the “snake”, a long winding AC duct that was the only way to reach the round bedroom.
Yesterday I framed in a new ceiling.
And installed sheetrock. Wow. The difference is amazing.
The upper trim was coming off so I removed it as it is MUCH easier to refinish DOWN than UP. I also was able to refinish a bit more of the trim.