An Improvement. Please Don’t Laugh.


This week I showed two images of the niche in the stair-hall. It, like much of the interior, looks like a bomb has gone off. While looking at this image I thought: Gee, it would help things a little if I at least removed the water-stained wallpaper.


So I did.

So I did.


Looks better, right? Right? Right????????

Sigh. I know, it’s kinda laughable that I can take some pleasure in this micro improvement while all around is cracked plaster, missing plaster, a missing ceiling, unrestored trim, and a drop cloth covering the windows.

But…a selective eye is a Godsend when one is restoring an old house.

Considering, too, what a horror this month has been, I am grabbing at every pleasure I can get my hands on, no matter how micro.

So, after I cleaned up all the paper bits on the floor, I stood back. And smiled. For all I saw was something just a bit better.




  1. Melody on November 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Makes a big difference! Removing the paper completely changes the look from “hoarders live here” to “I’m a work in progress”.

    • Ross on November 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Melody, I love the way you see things.

      Please marry me!

      • Melody on November 30, 2016 at 11:27 pm

        Ummm…. I feel like we should have a first date first! 😉

        • Elin Noller on December 1, 2016 at 4:34 am

          I agree. It shows there is some care and loving going on. Like kissing a boo boo.

  2. Barb Sanford on November 30, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Melody’s comment made me laugh. Baby steps! They all add up to big progress, a little at a time. Such a pleasure to see the progress you’re making. Your fan club is grateful for the reports.

  3. Cindy on November 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for that! It looks much better. I think your house must smile every time you do something. No matter how big or small. You are an inspiration and a bright spot in a gloomy world:). Keep on rockin sir!!

  4. W on November 30, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Looks tremendously better!!

    I’m curious as to how low the new ceiling will be.

    • Ross on November 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

      It will be just under the new AC duct. Not sure of height, but the first-floor ceilings are 10-feet, 5-inches, so I can afford to lose some height in the niche.

  5. Brendan on December 1, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Hey, whatever you use to keep yourself encouraged, even if it’s these tiny triumphs, makes perfect sense to me. That’s what a labor of love is all about!

  6. californianinkansas on December 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    It looks so much better! What a difference!

  7. Derek on December 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

    A Selective Eye is indeed a prerequisite for these projects. I often get so that I don’t understand how people don’t see how things will be, but can only see them as they are. Maybe that is me going too far down the selective eye path. Keep it up! Small victories keep you going. I totally agree that it looks much much better.

  8. djd_fr on January 17, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Every little bit helps.

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