A vintage 1960’s kitchen had remained in top-notch, original, condition until a few years ago when the house was sold to new owners.  Sadly, they removed period 1960’s lighting and painted over wood paneling and some cabinetry.  New nondescript lighting so typical of imported stuff purchased at Big Box retailers further undermined the kitchen’s former style.

Fortunately, the paneling was not sanded or primed prior to painting with a cheap latex paint, and all it took was about a day of elbow grease to shave it off.   Only one wall was cleaned, the others will receive wallpaper.


Close-up of corner showing the painted paneling before being relieved of the latex paint.


The slightly-sharpened edge of a small kitchen spatula was all it took to literally shave the paint off the wall.


Grooves were cleaned with a variety of pointed instruments, including a painter’s multi-tool and utility knife blades.


This is how the wall looked after cleaning began…


… and how it appeared after the paint had been removed. Some follow-up detailing will remove some lingering stubborn paint as well as the “ghosts” of former shelving.


Shriveled remnants of latex paint clutter the floor beneath the recently-cleaned sides of the wall-hung cabinets. The bulkhead above the cabinets will be papered (it is also painted paneling).



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