This ca. 1804 Federal example has come alive with the addition of period wallpapers. The Captain Elias Davis House is a remarkable survivor that’s now part of the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Recently it was repapered with block-printed designs by Adelphi Paper Hangings.
Calcimine, old papers, peeling paint! Preparing the plaster substrate is the key to a good paint or wallpaper finish. In an old house, it’s not always an easy job: surprises likely lurk behind the recent latex and that floral vinyl upstairs.
Plain-spoken and sturdy, the ca. 1900 house wants to be Arts & Crafts inside. With period colors and Morris-designed wallpapers, a delighted owner has played up the natural chestnut woodwork.