The roof had some type of sand mixed into the paint to resemble asphalt. It was fairly easy to scrape but did result in bleeding knuckles. The dormer trim has been removed. My husband removed the windows for me but rather than retrofitting holes that already exist I decided to rebuild the doors allowing for any new window choices. For now the bay window remains until I decide what changes will take place there. One side has been filled with wood putty to allow for a smooth surface.
As with many older homes there were a few layers on some of the walls. A couple of rooms were covered in fabric which I did consider keeping but this refurbish will include electricity so alas there is no room for keeping the old wall coverings.
Now for my dilemma, do you see those royal blue rooms? They are covered in a type of contact paper and it will not budge. I tried everything short of melting the surface with a chemical as I am sure this will make a huge mess not to mention the environmental drawbacks. The thing that gets me is that the small flakes that did come off seem to indicate dry rot but that is not working in my favor. Tried a citrus stripping product but nothing happened. A possibility could be to attach thin new wood to the walls but the humidity here scares me. Any suggestions?