Fixing the wall
Ok, we got this wall torn out.
It now looks like this:
The autopsy shows that there was originally plaster, which was torn out and replaced with paneling. The kitchen pass-through was cut later. My plan is to close up the pass-through with a couple sistered studs next to the truncated ones, and drywall the whole thing. Smooth, not the moonscape texture of the other walls.
1. How the heck do we transition smooth gypsum wall to moonscape plaster wall? They don't exactly make corner bead that's half textured. :-)
2. Compounding this, There were horizontal 1x4s across the studs, to which the panels were nailed. Pulling that and the shims/lath strips off and attaching the drywall directly to the studs will result in a wall that's set back further than the paneling was. We should be able to patch the ceiling ok, since it's smooth, and hardwood floor gaps I can cover with thick baseboards and shoe molding as needed. But the smooth-to-moonscape transition again poses a problem. Here's a photo that shows the space I need to fill.
3. Also referencing the above photo, you can see the stud is recessed a bit from the chimney wall, so we have the option of butting the drywall up to the chimney and having it exposed if we like. Thoughts on that?
4. On the left side, the wall behind where the corner cabinet was needs some work to make it blend with the rest of the wall. There's a paint/caulk line where the edge of the cabinet used to be, what appears to be varnish dripping from the top of the cabinet down the wall a bit. How do I make this all look like a single wall again? I'm such a plaster newbie...