Farmhouse Files: Hello Down There
There is a lot that goes on in this crazy old house that doesn’t make the blog. Mostly because it’s not inspiring or pretty, but sometimes also because it’s just embarrassing. I know that part of real life is dealing with the not-so-pretty side of home ownership (or rental, for that matter), so I’m sharing all the dirty little bits of real life living in a century-old farmhouse in my column, The Farmhouse Files. I have already shared about mystery smells, sweltering summers, and today, I’m going to share one of the things that I’m most ashamed about when it comes to the way my house looks.
Over the past four years, I haven’t been telling the whole truth when it comes to my living room. Photos are usually taken at just the right vantage point or photoshopped to exclude the worse feature we have going on. You might recognize my living room from the photo above. I shared it in a few different posts (like this one about adding in Navy blue, or this one about our Christmas decor, or this SUPER old one about a paper mache pendant (which has since been tossed).
But one thing that is never, ever included in these photos is the eyesore of all eyesores… the semi repaired 4’x4′ HOLE in the ceiling. Oh yes, a hole. In the ceiling. That has been there for about 7 years.
I’m sure you can understand what it’s conveniently left out of photos, it’s heinous. But it’s strange that for as blatantly obvious as it is, it’s something that we just don’t really see anymore… which isn’t a good thing. I’m sure when people come over, they’re thinking, “WTF?! These people have a hole in their ceiling!” But the truth of the matter is that I never really think about it until I’m either A) taking a photo for the blog, or B) we have first-time guests over.
It’s one of those things that is seemingly an easy fix. Just finish the drywall, right? Well, it’s a little more complex than that. You see, the whole reason the ceiling has a hole to begin with, is that seven years ago, the plumbing in the bathroom leaked and caused the ceiling to completely deteriorate and cave into our living room… along with a bunch of water and debris that had collected in the ceiling… It was a very memorable moment.
After getting the water damage all removed and fixing the plumbing, we got the drywall piece up and that was just SUCH an improvement, that we stopped there. In recent years, every time I think about finishing it, it just doesn’t get done. Things start piling up that take priority and the ceiling just stays patchy. Plus, we are not drywall people. To fix it well would take a professional, but we DIY pretty much everything, so hiring it out is a move that is totally out of our comfort zone. Which has mostly just left us in a pattern of ignoring it.
For the remainder of 2015, we have one big project left to complete, but it’s outside, so I think I can manage to put it on my goal-list of things to do before the end of the year. Maybe the accountability here will give me a kick in the but and maybe in this year’s christmas photos, I can be proud of my living room and show the whole picture.
Ok, now it’s your turn! Leave a comment below sharing one big eyesore in your home that you’ve been conditioned to overlook, but it’s time to change that!
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