The painted yellow walls in the foyer are in rough shape. While the plaster keys appear to be in good shape, the texture of the walls is rough as a cob. That's my Grandpa Bert's line, "rough as a cob". Makes me laugh because I can still hear him say it and see his smile. I wonder where Grandpa Bert heard that expression, and how many generations said it before him. I've heard my Dad use the expression too.
Check out the wood grain on the door. This is faux bois woodwork--a handpainted faux finish on pine by an artisan in 1893 to make the wood look like quarter sawn oak.
The doorways are also faux bois and and because of traffic over the years have chips in the faux bois paint, requiring touch up with a small artist brush. I use oil paints: yellow ochre, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, and several artist brushes to make touch ups.
So, as this project begins I'll track every suttle crack and secure it with web tape embedded with durabond. There are many cracks you can't see clearly in this photo. So let me give you an example of the number of wall cracks that were repairs in the west bedroom upstairs. You'll be surprised. See next photo.