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We closed on our house Thursday and as I sat in the living room on a folding chair looking around at the paneling and drop ceilings, I experienced a moment of regret. Not regret for buying the house, because I believe the house has good bones and will become everything we want and need from a house. My regret was over my knowledge. You see, ignorance really is bliss. I knew this house would require work of me. I’m great with the house requiring work of FringeMan, but I could already feel the blisters starting to bubble on my fingers as I gazed at the walls and wondered what possesses a person to install a drop ceiling in their living room.
My house, the real skeleton of a house, peered at me through years of cheap decorating mishaps. For a moment I felt like a child peaking around a slightly cracked door that led to the basement – the place that danced with dark shadows, wrapped trespassers in cobweb blankets, and scurried with live creatures. I was scared to peel back the layers of time.
Unlike when you peel an orange to reveal the juicy flesh of the fruit, you just don’t know what to expect when you peel back paneling. Realtors and homeowners alike frown at prospective buyers doing any demolition work prior to signing in blood on the dotted line. They are so covert!
They are really just afraid that if you knew there were 5 layers of wallpaper on the walls, you wouldn’t buy the house. As long as there were walls behind the paper, I’d be happy; however, I had my doubts. I never realized wallpaper was ever used on ceilings. Naively I always thought it was for walls, but these pictures are proof that the ceiling had been papered at least 3 times.
I guess I can now say that I’ve walked on the ceiling. After many hours, blisters, and thoughts in need of repentance, I hit plaster.
A modern day girl has never been so happy to see an old world wall.
Oddly enough I am so much happier with this room now. I feel as though the cosmetics have been washed away and I am seeing who she really is for the first time.
Don’t hold your breath for after pictures. Good things take time, patience, and work. They’ll come eventually. For now I’m rejoicing in the fact the wallpaper is gone and there are hardwood floors hiding underneath the green carpet.
This is my inspiration. Seriously I love everything about these designs. I know I said I didn’t want white, but I warned you I’d change my mind.