Ever so lovely textured paint over original plaster
My FIL purchased his 1917 mill village bungalow from the original owner in 1973. In the 10 years that followed, he and my MIL made some...improvements? One of which includes adding craptastic textured paint over the original plaster walls to "hide cracks." They divorced and the home has been left fairly untouched aside from a second llayer of linoleum on the kitchen floor (over original wood) and bathroom rearrangement with epoxied floor...
Now that my husband and I are considering purchasing the home, I must decide the best and most cost effective solution. The easiest would be to repair all the cracks that have NEVER been touched and recover with my own layer of textured paint. If time and money were no issue, I would attempt to remove the textured paint, joint compound the cracks, paint, and go about my merry way.
I have included a photo of the worst "cracks." The rest are more along the hairline variety.
I am committed to keeping as much of the original integrity of the home as possible, even if that means butting heads with my husband whom was raised in the home. lol I think even he is surprised by how much emotional attachment he has to certain things, even ripping up the red and blue shag carpeting from the bedroom he shared with his brother. Do I even need to mention that my MIL NAILED the carpet and padding on top of another layer of carpeting that was lying on original wood floors with a 3" border of white paint around the room?
All practical advice is greatly appreciated. Please understand that we are having to do little things here and there until we sell our home. If I do attempt to strip the textured paint off the plaster, will I create a bigger mess than I already have? Is there a high risk of running into asbestos from the textured paint?
I suppose I am ok with fixing the cracks and even adding another layer of textured paint if I'm not completely disrespecting the home. We really need to get the home move-in ready so that we can get our's sold.
Thank you so much! Go easy on me. I truly am here to learn. :)