I’m posting this story against my better judgement because it’s too good not to share.
But it I ever put my house on the market?
Someone remind me to delete this.
The man who built our house also lived in it with his family for seven years before he sold it to us. He is a well known builder in the area which is … interesting. Interesting because you’d think a builder would know better than to line the shower with drywall rather than cement board.
Or plumb the kitchen with so many twists and turns that I have the guy who snakes our drain on speed dial.
Or put up wallpaper on an unpainted wall.
Which is what happened in our master bathroom.
Which I did not discover until I tried to peel the wallpaper and large chunks of the wall came with it.
On the List of Home Projects Mindee Is In Charge Of is “stripping walllpaper.” So that is what I tried to do about four years ago. Only I couldn’t get it all off without major wall damage, so I stopped. And the walls remained half peeled for about two years while other house emergencies took precedence.
Somehow I thought that someday we’d have money for me to hire a professional to just come in and take care of it.
I’m so silly!
About two years ago, I admitted defeat and asked Rich to just put bead board up over the whole mess. On the List Of Home Projects Rich Is In Charge Of is putting up paneling. Rich resisted my transfer of responsibility and told me that if I would just finish stripping the top foot of the wall, he’d cover the rest.
He underestimated my laziness.
Last weekend he finally gave in and began the process of covering the walls. First he put in a new floor and then the beautiful, glorious bead board went up.
When he finishes, I’m going to paint it light blue and then he’ll put white crown molding on the top. It is a gigantic improvement over ugly, half peeled walls of hideous red wallpaper and drywall.
But we feel guilty.
Because some day, someone else will live in this house. They’ll probably be young and hip and want to update everything. The first thing they’ll do is tackle this bathroom to take down the bead board. When they do, they’ll find this: