With all the cracks and stains on our walls, we were beginning to think we were just going to have to work the the crumbling-house chic, a la Bill Compton's old southern mansion in True Blood. But today, we saw the first glimmer of hope that the walls will be repaired and we will actually be able to paint them soon. I applied joint compound to some cracks in the living room, and it was surprisingly easy.
I'll have to make final decisions on paint colors soon.
Keith also chipped a massive amount of paint off the woodwork along the stairs. We might actually be able to sand and paint that now, too. (A word of advice--don't paint over cords that run along walls. It's a mess getting the cords and paint off later. Believe us.)