It can be pretty tiring seeing perfect, styled images on the internet all day. Sure, we DO try to make some of those images ourselves, but we know all too well the disasters that lurk right outside the frame.
With “disaster” constituting 50% of our blog name, our goal is to share this stuff with you and talk about the realities of living in old, fixer-upper homes. Through our “disaster confessionals,” we each admit to something that we’ve been blissfully ignoring in favor of other projects. We both work, so we’re pretty constrained to the weekend for most fixes. It’s slow going with a whole house to cover!
In our first confessional, we each talked about having holes in our houses. Today we’re continuing in a similar vein to talk about some gaps that we’ve been conveniently “not minding” while we focus on other things (like coming up with awesome puns).
“I have gaps all over my garage.” – Naomi
I haven’t shown the garage on the blog yet. It’s the only place I haven’t talked about and, trust me, that’s a good thing. This space is awful. However, we do use it a lot. We park the car in there all winter to avoid the New England snow, and we store all of our gardening supplies in it which we always need in the spring, summer, and fall.
I’ll spare you the full tour today, but I do want to point out a few gaping holes in this space. I’m being literal here.
In our first confessional I added big red arrows to point out the issues I was talking about, but with this one I’m going to go ahead and trust that you’ll be able to find the holes without any extra guidance.
We have a big gap left in the wall to the garage from when the duct work was put in, which has been filled only with some old insulation. The graffiti is just a little “bonus” confession, but I’ll give you a close-up on that anyway.
And that’s not the only gap. We also have a hole in the corner from when some electrical wire was put in very professionally.
Sage wonders why I always worry about my house burning down. THIS IS WHY.
And another one in the ceiling, for apparently no good reason other than we like making holes in the garage.
Even before we moved in, we knew that we’d have some patching to do in here. But two years later, and we still haven’t “gotten around to it.” Maybe this year is the year!
“Apparently whoever installed my crown molding had never heard of caulk or wood filler.” – Sage
There are many things that baffle me about my house. Why anyone decided that installing dinky 1″ crown molding in a house with 7.5′ ceilings was a good idea is one of them — I really think it’s an unnecessary detail that draws further attention to the low ceilings, rather than making everything look fancy like crown molding usually does.
But my real problem with the crown is that apparently whoever installed it didn’t want to waste any time with pesky things like caulk or wood filler, so there are just gaps between the crown, walls, and ceiling in every room.
It took me a little while to notice it (I was too distracted by all the other issues in the house), but now I can’t unsee it — it’s everywhere. This is my view when I look up while lying in bed:
Obviously the thing to do is for me to go through and caulk and repaint since I didn’t notice it when I first painted these rooms…but that sounds like such a pain. So instead I just give them the evil eye constantly and mutter to myself about whoever put the crown up in the first place. That should have been their responsibility, right?!?
Whew! Feels good to get that off our chests! Hopefully, you also feel better about the state of your home, or at least feel as bad as we do.
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