Now I'm happy to have the blocks. I love old stone walls, so after stripping the paper, I painted the walls to look like stone. In a couple of places I did a broken stone effect. This is one of them.
The ceiling in here was green for a long time, but with a grayish tone. Then a few years ago, when the kiwi green became a part of the decor, my hubby painted the ceiling for me. I really don't like painting ceilings. Does anyone? I guess not. I think almost everyone who buys an older house has one or two (or 100!) things like this that start out as the worst parts, and end up as some of the best for making it a home.
This once ugly area is a favorite spot to me now. The room just beyond the door is the Family Room.
*Added: The border around the room is anaglypta, embossed paper. Although I don't care for wallpaper borders, I make an exception for anaglypta. I love the carved molding effect they can give. As you can see this one has been painted to give it an aged look.