So for the past 5 years I've been in an apartment (in NYC) that my family owns. All the walls and ceiling are in great shape, aside from one portion just above the shower head. The paint is bubbly, there are chips, it's a complete mess. I want to re-paint it so i started scraping and sanding away, only to reveal layers of spackle, paint, cracks - a mess. (See link below for photo).
Any ideas on how I should go about repainting this section? It's the cracks that worry me; I'm thinking I'll have to chip and sand to the very first (last?) layer, spackle the cracks, then prime and paint. Thoughts?