When you buy an old house everybody warns you because “you never know what you’re gonna get”.
And who can blame them? Everyone knows a story where the foundation just wasn’t good enough or where the ceiling collapsed after the first shower in the new bathroom.
But there can be some nice surprises as well.
So today I will share some of the hidden treasures we’ve found in our house.
Behind layers of wallpaper
While we were wrestling layers and layers of wallpaper and other various wall covering (apparently laminate floors were proper wall decoration at some point in time…) we found something fun.
Why you would use old newspapers behind the wallpaper is beyond me, but that is exaclty what we found.
Large pieces of newspaper from 1979!
Most of the sheets were not salvageble, but we did manage to save a few large pieces. They peeled right of the wall without effort.
By now we’ve sorted the useless from the fun. We kept the best texts and ads and I plan to use these at a later stage. Maybe put them in a nice frame?
One of my favorite parts is this ad:
At the top of the page you can see an ad for dancing lessons with two dancing pigs haha.
But my favorite part is the big car advertisement. It roughly translates to “Is a GM-American of 26 grand* still a true American?” And at the bottom it says ” profit now before the next tax raise.”
*26.000 Gulden (we had no Euro back then 🙂 )
In multiple places we have found old pictures/images. There was an old small poster of a dog (didn’t peel of the wall nicely unfortunately) and in the most random places we found stickers on walls and window sills.
Some of the things we’ve kept:
A lovely illustration
A holiday postcard from Tenerife
Between the top floor and the downstairs ceiling we have found a stunning portrait picture as well.
This pictures has found it’s way to the former resident. It turned out to be a photo of a deceased loved one, so it was a pleasure to return it.
What shall we do with these treasures?
I plan to give these items a nice place in our house. They represent the time past, a lot of history and I hope it will give a intage feel to an otherwise very new interior.
Maybe I will put htes in a frame on the wall, but if you have a nice alternative I’m happy to hear!