The plaster guys spent the fist couple hours masking all of the woodwork and removing any previous patches and skim coats.
They then applied a primer to the walls and began applying a scratch coat over the existing plaster. They will end up finishing this new skim coat with one more finish layer.
For the most part, the plaster is in good shape so there was not a lot of removal or re-adhering. Except for one area, where there used to be a wing wall between the living room and dining room (this was long before we moved in. They decided to demo this area so that it could be smoothed out.
It wasn't a messy process but I can see a few areas where the plaster got on the wood so I will have some cleanup to do as I am refinishing the wood. Overall, I am happy with things though. It is a remarkablee improvement already. I will never understand why folks remove their plaster and put up drywall. The cost difference is negligible in this part of the country and the quality of the final product just can't be compared.
We also started looking at colors today. I received several hearty "NO"s to any of the oranges that I proposed. I am color blind after all so maybe they are a little harsh to someone without my genes. So how does "acorn" sound?