Scraping and stripping
A fun task has begun: stripping the paint off the old kitchen stairs. There are so many layers! It goes from tan on top to cream, green, blue, burnt orange and finally a deep gray. There is also some wallpaper on some of the risers. I scraped off the loose chips already (after several tests for lead paint, which were all negative) and the next step is a chemical stripper.
At some point, someone had dropped several big dollops of plaster onto the stairs and painted right over them. I think we're the most considerate owners this house ever had -- and we practically ripped the whole thing down to start over.