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1830's Bedroom

Posted by hillcresthoney (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 1, 08 at 13:25

Our home was built in the 1830's and we are now trying to remodel a small bedroom for a guest bedroom. What should we use on the floor, ceiling and walls to be as historically correct as feasible? The walls currently have wallpaper that has been painted over; the ceilings are the blown in "popcorn-type" texture, and the floors are painted 2x4s. All suggestions appreciated!

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RE: 1830's Bedroom

I've got a 1830's Federal-style home. My bedrooms all have wood floors not sure of the type but it's the same thru out the house. plaster and lathe walls with wallpaper...they have never been painted and plaster and lathe ceilings all with crown mouldings which is slightly open on top to allow picture hangers to be slide in so pics can hang off of chains and the walls don't get boogered up with nail holes.

RE: 1830's Bedroom

You could have had painted floors and an oil cloth carpet in the middle, or wall to wall flat carpet - depends on the wealth of your family. Your floors would not be bare or stained wood.

Your walls could have been wallpapered as you have seen. You could have had a chair rail.
The period wallpaper and carpet patterns might not appeal to you. I personally wouldn't want to live with the patterns or colors although it's very interesting to see them in historic house museums. The patterns are pretty small and repeat quickly because the rollers that put the paint on the paper were small.

Your ceiling would have been flat plaster, white to reflect light.

I think your crown mouldings may be added since those picture hangers date to later in the 19th century. But you could have had some kind of crown moulding, so yours may be original. The space between the moulding and the ceiling adds a shadow line as well as compensating for a possibly uneven connection between the ceiling and wall, ie: it's hidden by the shadow so you can't see it.

It sounds as if your house was updated between 1950 and 1975 when that ceiling was quite popular for covering up problems. We have one that flakes off... the room has little bits of white plaster on the floor and never looks clean! I wash it down to help it along, not really wanting to scrap it.

RE: 1830's Bedroom

For pictures and information check my sites
Look at the Strawberry Banke and Sturbridge Village albums, they have pictures of rooms from that period.
There's a section called 1830-1850.

Here is a link that might be useful: Victorian decorating with link to albums

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