My husband is off on Fridays during the summer. While I was at work last Friday, my flooring project became a wall project too. Seriously, we are replacing flooring and somehow have ended up with roofing and wall issues. Our living/dining room had a weird little partial wall that sectioned off a little entry way. Truth is we didn't use the front door and that little space would become a storage space. Basically where we stashed odds and ends. We placed our love seat in front of it - partially to hide the heap and partially cause we had no choice spacewise.
My husband suggested taking out the wall. I was very hesitant at first because the coat hooks are on the back of that wall - we don't have a coat closet. On the front side I had my grandmother's cabinet with a nice little wedding display above it. Since I was waffling and he was sure, I agreed the wall could go. We thought the wall had a steel frame, but after tearing up the steel-cutting saw blade on a two by four (who knew a steel-cutting blade can't handle wood) we had to change strategies.
Removing the drywall revealed they had built a wall around this little architectural detail. Any idea what that is? A wall within a wall? A weird 1950s design feature. We can't figure it out. My carpenter FIL thought it looked a bit like a furnace room with the vent at the top, but obviously there was never a furnace there. Our house is such a "box on a slab" it is quite a shock to find that it has a mystery we haven't been able to solve.
Removing the wall of course left a wound on the ceiling and wall where it had been ttached. It also revealed an unattractive mustard yellow wall color we will not be reviving.
Taking out the wall definitely opened up the room. And exposed our shameful green door with red trim. I think I am going to have to have a new door. There would be a much better flow if the door opens into the room instead of toward the wall. My grandmother's cabinet will probably relocate to that little wall next to the kitchen. And the coats, well they will probably just be in a heap on our bed. I need a better plan for them..
Patching the wall and ceiling will take some patience and several coats of mud. I was at the ready to clean up all the globs of mud that fell - thank you, gravity!
After the first layer dried it already looks better. As the mud dries it shrinks so we will have to do a couple more layers. Then we have to figure out how to match the texture on the ceiling on the wall (which are also different from each other).