Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Yep, it's been a while since I posted.  Enjoying life I suppose.  Things seem to move in slow motion over the summer but now that school's back in session we've picked up again as well.  Finally found someone to fix the crown.  It's not perfect, but after waiting for what seemed like an eternity to find someone to do something, I'm calling it good.  Sometimes you just have to say f-it and move on.  The good news is that we finally got the wallpaper up.

I have to admit that at first I wasn't sure about it.  I think it just felt so different and traditional, but now I adore it.  I definitely have some plans for the foyer but I'm saving them for the upcoming One Room Challenge....maybe....if I can get motivated.

 We also found some doors in the attic that use to close the sunroom off which were just painted and hung.

Now on to the bad and ugly.  No, it's not the mess you see in the room above.  That's just reno and real life people!  Anyway, remember when we started on the sunroom?  Well it's turned out to be a total cluster you know what.  I feel like I've spent a ridiculous amount of time scraping off flaking paint, meanwhile my husband has removed the lower plaster and baseboard to add wiring.

And then he noticed this.

 Hmm, termite damage.  We don't have active termites, but just how bad is the damage?  Well after removing the plaster we found that the wood that is supposed to be holding up this structure has been practically devoured by termites and is not even really attached to anything anymore.

This is the wood that was removed.  It's so chewed through that it's light as a feather.  And now we can see right to the outside in the corners.  Great.

So, needless to say, my husband's got his work cut out for him.  Just one more thing to add to the list.  I have to say that in my head, this room is going to be amazing when it's done.  I have plans to do a ceiling to floor bookcase with a library ladder and eventually french doors out onto the porch.  It'll be great, but this one step forward two steps back crap is getting old.  Plus it's going to be one expensive room to finish.  Why oh why can't anything just be easy (and cheap) in this house?!?!


  1. Oh Tiffany, how you have been missed! That wallpaper is beyond gorgeous! Wish you showed more of it.
    When *#it happens to you it REALLY happens. Somewhere down the line the sunroom will indeed be a shining testament to you and all the work you and your husband have done. Till then, drink often.

    1. Thanks Denise! Yes, drinks definitely help;)

  2. yay! so happy to hear from you! and LOVE the paper!

  3. Your whole house is amazing, cracks to the outside and all. The paper is dreamy btw. :)

  4. Oooh love that choice of wallpaper...instant elegance! So perfect with the traditional columns, white is white with just a touch of color is so FAB!

    If you have a moment, would love to get your thoughts on my latest design!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  5. the wallpaper looks on the termites. We had termites last year, and I kept SEEING them in my daughters room and thinking, hmm, there's an awful lot of bugs in here, I should call a pest company...and realized six months later that they weren't bugs, they were termites and they had eaten half the garage. Fun times.

    I'm excited you will be doing the ORC--I look forward to seeing regular posting from you :-)

  6. Gasp! That wallpaper! Oh, I love it! Then, sucky suck about the sunroom. :( Sending you lots of 'may something soon be cheap AND easy' type thoughts. For what it's worth, I think you are right, it will be totally awesome when it is finished.

  7. Oh my heart be still. I love your house so much and love seeing your updates! The crown looks amazing…….and that sunroom…..can't wait to see that come together. What's the status on the yellow room and the hot pink desk??????

  8. I love your house, termites and all. Love the wallpaper!