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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Ye Olde Crack House

You know how some people will complain that when they seem themselves in pictures they don't recognize themselves. That they have gotten used to seeing themselves in a certain way that has very little to do with their actual appearance?

Well, I feel that way about my house. I look around and see my house the way I imagine it will look one day. I took some "before"pictures of our dining room this past weekend before I tore off hideous wallpaper and paneling.

Then I took pictures of the "after" of the cracked plaster walls with peeling wallpaper. I am used to living like this.

Dining Room
Originally uploaded by the big yellow house.

Today when I uploaded my photos onto my computer, I was shocked. I turned to my husband and pointed out the photos and said, "I can not believe I live here!"

And Rob responded, "And I can't believe how much we paid to live here."

That made us both laugh. I'm not sure why living in a hovel that you paid alot of money for makes it better than, say, being a squatter in a run down crack house. It's like buying that expensive furniture that comes already distressed or $200 jeans that have rips.

Right now I am sitting out on our screened in sunporch and our handyman is tearing down the old plaster walls. Dust is flying everywhere throughout the house despite the fact that we have lined all the doorways with heavy plastic sheeting and duct tape. The house will be great when it is all done and we can finally enjoy it.

At least that is what we keep telling ourselves.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you on the feeling. I'm in the same boat with my "Money Pit". I paid how much to live here and how much will I end up paying to get it nice?! Oh well in the end it will all be worth it. I hope.

12:32 PM  
Blogger TBG said...

Wow what a combo they had in the dining room. Yikes, well it will all come along eventually. You are doing a wonderful job restoring it.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Qalballah said...

And then you die and leave it all behind.... sorry, did I just burst anyone's bubble here?

It hides my jelousy of your lovely house (a lot of space is good no matter what the wallpaper says).

1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yowza! Those are some nasty colors alright. They should pay YOU GUYS for having to put up with it.
Thanks for posting pictures! You're right, your eldest does look like he has a mushroom on his head. He looks much nicer with short hair. :)

2:10 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

We're just starting to throw our money into our house - we've lived in it for 9 years and finally can't stand it anymore, but know it's going to be one long, messy, expensive nightmare, lol!

3:29 PM  
Blogger halloweenlover said...

Oooh Oooh are you going to paint it red?!?! I definitely recommend checking out California Paints' Codman Claret. The best part is that their paint chips are 2 feet by 2 feet, rather than little tiny chips. It is easier to tell the real color.

I'm so jealous that you have other people doing the work!

8:11 PM  
Blogger Jody said...

Cool on the new walls! Before and after pics to come,right?

3:30 PM  
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