So this is a chimney hole, which probably means there was a stove chimney into the main chimney exhaust stack for the house. So even if I wanted to uncover the brick I can't leave this hole or brick it to make it look like the rest of the wall. Now I have to figure out how I am going to fix.
So this is how the wall is looking once I get all the layers off except for the grey stuff.
Second problem you see the wood faux beam, all the layers of wall paper, yes even the green stuff, is tucked up under that wood. This means that the wood beams were added at the same time as the ugly green painting was done on the embossed paper.
Next surprise we found after we removed part of the trim from the door frame, was more faux tile under the orange painted faux tile. We decided to remove the painted orange mess but did not anticipate the amount of glue that was used on both occasions.
Also the answer to; "what is the dark brown stuff?" that we found on other parts of the wall, it turns out to be the backing for the older faux tiles.
When Richard pulled more of the orange stuff off it also pulled both layers of plaster off, the top finishing smooth plaster and the rough first layer. So now we are down to the lathe and wondering what we shall do at this point with the kitchen.
Just above the brown stuff is an eight inch piece of drywall, probably used when the plaster was cut out to aid in rewiring the kitchen. It looks as if the drywall is the same thickness as both layers of plaster. Which gives us the option of taking all the old plaster down and then drywall over the lathe.
That was it for today and still I have as many questions as I did before. I would love to have help with ideas from those who have done this sort of thing. We really want to retain the integrity of the house and bring it back to its original style. We know the kitchen has been absolutely butchered over the years, the one doorway we thought was original may not have been. The fact that the hole in the chimney stack is only a short distance from that door would indicate that it may possibly be where the stove was located.
It would be great to find original plans for the house.