While renovating a 150-year-old house, a woman discovers hidden cupboards and fireplaces.
A mom, who calls herself Loubobang online, uploaded a clip to TikTok on Friday, as she discovered an entire cupboard hidden behind a wall.
On Friday, a mother known online as Loubobang posted a video to TikTok in which she discovered an entire cabinet hidden behind a wall.
The comedian has been posting footage of herself tearing down plasterboard and ripping up floorboards to her social media platforms.
Her page bio confirms it features “Original Comedy. (And My Georgian House Renovation),” relating to a period in British history dating from 1714 to 1837.
The 40-year-old from Louth in the UK told Newsweek the house was formerly a pub, the Dog and Duck.
She said, “The house I intend to live in when it’s finished is late Georgian and has a very interesting history. It was built as a pub called the Dog and Duck, which had a bad reputation.
She claims the house is depicted in an 1840 painting by William Brown titled The Louth Panorama, “complete with the pub sign.”
The layout is different from a traditional house, she explained, because it was originally designed as a pub. It has four bedrooms and an infamous basement that the mother jokes her children don’t like.
Loubobang continued, “The house apparently has tunnels to St. James Church, and I am very excited to find the opening. […] I plan to restore all the fireplaces and as many original parts as possible. Anything I need to get will give me a perfect excuse to stop by recycling yards and antique stores, which is a real passion of mine.
“There’s also a basement that’s supposed to be the most haunted. The story goes that after it was a pub, the house belonged to the local hangman, who stored unclaimed bodies in the basement before passing them on to anatomists! I really like it down there, and it’s a really useful space to put the kids when I need some downtime! They’re older teenagers, but they’re not too keen on the basement!
“I’m doing most of the renovation work myself, in my spare time, with the help of handymen. The house has four bedrooms and many other rooms, including the infamous basement. Since the house was built as a pub, the layout is pretty convoluted. I’m hoping to find the original plans, which will be invaluable in working out the plan.
“It’s the biggest project I’ve ever tackled, and it’s so nice to be able to share it on TikTok with all the ‘Bobangers,’ who are just the best followers you could ask for. It’s been an incredible roller coaster year for me and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve received from them, without which none of this would be possible.”
The original clip has been viewed nearly 2.5 million times and shows a man, Loubobang’s contractor, using a crowbar to remove a thin layer of plasterboard.
“What’s inside?” Loubobang captioned the footage, which can be seen here, as the man chiseled away at the plaster, on top of what appears to be chicken wire.
In the background, she says, “We just uncovered what we think is a closet. I’m really excited to see what’s in there. The cabinet has been uncovered, but what’s in it? And it’s been nailed shut. And we’re wondering why anyone would do that if there’s nothing inside.”
She filmed a close-up of the very old nails holding the door in place as they wedged the tool between the crevices to pry the door open.
Hoping they would find something, she was dismayed to see nothing inside, as she explained, “It’s f****** empty.” At least she gained valuable storage space.
But that’s not the only original feature Loubobang discovered, as she found numerous fireplaces throughout the house that had been bricked up.
In a separate clip uploaded Monday, she filmed a cavity behind the wall that shows an old fireplace. She captioned the video “another hidey hole,” which has already been viewed more than 250,000 times.
“So we have uncovered another fireplace, which is really very interesting. And we also uncovered another hidey hole. I don’t even want to know what’s in this one,” she says.
She pans to the right, showing wooden boards peeking out from under more layers of plaster. Her contractor set about removing the plasterboard, revealing a kind of retro wainscoting that still had remnants of the original wallpaper.