Living room had 3 layers of wallpaper, with paint over it. Wallpaper is all down, and we've started plastering. Plaster is a weird, werid chemical. I am surprised by how sensitive the chemical reaction is: If I use refrigerated, distilled water, and a squeaky-clean mixing trough, it works just fine, setting in about twenty to thirty minutes.
But, if I fail at any one of those components -- if there are little bits of plaster from the last batch left in the trough, or if I use tap water, or lukewarm water, hey presto! The stuff sets in five minutes or less, far too quickly to work with. Who knew?
Kitchen wall -- I wish I had a "before" picture of the area over the stove, but what we have is a chimney, with lath and plaster over that, and over THAT was a bunch of prefab pseudo-mosaic ceramic tiles in a pretty ugly pattern. I'm not sure if this is from the fifties or the seventies, but it had to go.
Even if I could tolerate the stuff aesthetically, which was pretty horrible, the weight of it all, combined with fifty years of greasy cooking by the previous homeowner without a range hood, had made the plaster start to fall back from the lath.
Removed! What a mess, though a fairly satisfying one. I'll keep the lath in place while I decide what to do, but it's probably going to come down along with the bottom half of the wall, which has a sheet of a sort of pseudo-subway tile for wainscotting, if that mess of jargon makes any sense.
Ideally, I'd like to add a range hood, vented right through the chimney, but I'll need to a little more research to find out how feasible this is.