Well, this week we took the plunge. The old fire has been removed.The surrounding tiles are being more resistant to change than we had hoped (J never puts anything on as a half measure, so what did he expect?), so there will need to be some replastering. The paper came off to reveal a salmon pink paint job we had completely forgotten about! I don't think we ever had the walls this colour, I think it was to stabilise the old plaster.
Of course, the knock on effect of clearing one room is that everything needs to go somewhere. Our dining room now homes
Could be worse. j is faced with having to explain to any visitors he may have, why there is a spinning wheel (with some yarn in progress) sitting at the foot of his bed.