Once we began removing the texture from the ceiling, we started finding more and more areas where the plaster was damaged beyond simple repair. At this point we came to the painful realization that in order to repair the damage, it would probably take a lot longer than just replacing it with drywall. So, we reluctantly began removing the original plaster.
Plaster being scraped off the old lath.
About a third of the ceiling plaster removed. At this point, we also began repairing the large damaged areas of the walls. In the photo above, the pieces of drywall can be seen that were used to fill in the largest areas where the plaster was missing.