I will tell you that we didn't take the paneling down. As the Mister was knocking on the paneling, we could hear the plaster behind it moving or falling or crumbling or who knows what! So, we decided to just leave well enough alone, knowing full well what we were going to find behind there. We ended up painting over it. Truthfully, I don't really mind, I think it looks 100% better painted.
The monster mirror over the fireplace is gone too. It was labeled 1948 on the back and let me tell you that sucker weighed a ton! Getting that thing down put me into a state of panic, I was in tears, literally. I think the Mister wanted to kill me. It was so massive and I kept thinking I would drop it, it would shatter, slice an artery, and one of us would bleed to death waiting for an ambulance to arrive. (I know, I sound like Dr. Doom, but that's just how my mind works.) The mirror measured 6 feet by 4 feet. With the mirror down, I feel as though my mantel is not quite as massive as it used to be. I'm hoping that's a good thing because it was always a challenge to decorate the massive mantel.
Bye, bye mirror!
Anyway, with the big shopping trip planned for tomorrow, I did a little spring cleaning today. My dining room & adjacent living room/sitting room (whatever you want to call it) are spotless. At 7:00 the morning, I was hanging from the ladder, cleaning windows and taking down the curtains to wash them. The chandelier was taken apart and washed. Believe me, everything was washed, dusted, vacuumed, swiffered...you name it! You won't find a speck of dust anywhere. (Yeah right, who am I fooling? You know darn well that the dust fell the second I walked out of the room. Darn that dust!)
Have a great week and if you get a chance, send some "good shopping" vibes my way! lol