4 Sep 2013

The Rollercoaster

So tell me if this has ever happened to you....

You are knee deep in house hunting.  You see a house you like and you think to yourself that it's in rough shape, but not SO rough that it's unmanageable.  You buy said house.  On possession day you come armed with your cart of cleaning supplies ready to get at 'er.  As you work your way through the first 10 Magic Erasers (in less than an hour), you start to sort of resent the last owners and the fact that they didn't take care of the house.  Then....over the next 3 weeks you actually start to loathe the owners.   People that were once 'ok' in your mind have turned into your sworn enemies.

Because of them, your kitchen counter looks like this...

The Rollercoaster

You thought spending $400 on a vacuum cleaner was when it really hit home that you were an adult?  How about when you had to spend $400 on a dumpster?  You needed the HUGE dumpster to get rid of the 5 different types of baseboard that the old owners obviously thought were a good idea. Yup, you loathe them because you are now officially an adult who has to spend hard earned money on the ugliest orange dumpster in town!


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You wonder why they were so push pin happy (including under every archway).  But on the plus side you have become better at your plastering skills....

The Rollercoaster

You loathe them because they installed the most light bulbs humanly possible in the bathroom...

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...and as you are busy applying the third coat of paint in the well lit bathroom (well, it would be, if it weren't for the burnt out bulbs they didn't replace), you decide it's a good idea to make this face in the mirror.  


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The light bulbs and the paint fumes mixing in a small enclosed space don't cause good things to happen (note the picture above) - including the frizziness that has taken a hold of your hair.  And yes, that face was partially due to the fact that you loathe that they also didn't just stick with plain old white for the ceilings, which forced you to repaint them and your arms were shaking after doing THE THIRD coat of paint.

Oh, and let's talk about the paint clothes.  You have had to wear your paint clothes so many times in the past 3 weeks that they could pretty much get up and walk away on their own.

The Rollercoaster

And you also sort of wonder to yourself why you are wearing your paint clothes with fancy sandals, but you don't really have time to contemplate it because you have to get back to work.

You loathe that they made you hate painting so much that you were forced to send a text to your husband that read, "I just painted a mosquito into the ceiling and I don't even care!!".

And lastly, after painting the ceiling you wander downstairs to take a break and watch the sunset and stumble upon this gem....

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.....and you wonder who actually lived in this house before you that thought that was funny???

Clearly we have hit the wall!  I know it will all be ok in a few weeks (maybe months??), but right now, I really just want all of this work to be done and to be able to move onto the pretty stuff (i.e. hanging pictures...which actually constitutes fun in my life). Oh, and I actually want to live in this house instead of just visiting after my day job to do house work. 

Has this ever happened to anyone else?  It all seems like a good idea, and then you really start to wonder who lived in your house before you and why they made the decisions they did? I am sure I am not the only one....and I am also sure the people moving into our house will think the same things.

I am taking some R&R from the computer for the rest of the week and will hopefully be back refreshed and renewed with more pics of the new house to show you next week.  Kelly out....(blame it on the paint fumes!).

On a side note, clearly these were all iPhone pics (since I don't subject my good camera to paint fumes).  Please forgive the quality.


26 comments:

  1. Eep! You've got your hands full! One of the main things I'll be working on when we buy a home is making sure we don't get too much of a fixer-upper since we're not that handy... yet. :)

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  2. Oh no, I feel for you. I would take some time off from the computer too if I was you. Hope you get lots done!
    The "chunky dunking" made me laugh though but only because I pictured your previous owners ;)
    I think we have the same hair, does yours get curlier and curlier the older you get too? My son calls it mom's "fro".

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  3. Hang in there (pun on the picture hanging..bad..sad face)..you guys do great work and it always looks so much better after!

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  4. hahahha-i painted a mosquito into the ceiling!...I did something very similar and decided to call it "preserving the bug so that future scientists could suck out its DNA like Jurassic park"

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    1. hahaha.....that's funny! I might need to keep that line in my back pocket.

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  5. Oh my...the chunky dunk...holy smokes girl! Hang in there and good decision taking a little time off. I cannot imagine how sore your arms are!?! But, just think about those dramatic before an after pics that will soon be hitting your camera. ..it will all be a distant memory soon, but until then, may there be enough magic erasers, painting supplies, and plaster to get you by! Oh and fancy shoes! Must.not.forget.fancy.shoes. I love it...and your hilarious take on things. Sending lots of lots of beautifying & "elbow grease" thoughts your way!

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  6. OMG the chunky dunk sign. I die. I seriously die over that.

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  7. You have plenty of company out there! I lived in a house where we remodeled the basement kitchen first and I had to use that while slugs were coming in
    through the window right above the sink. YUCK.

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    1. ewwww...slugs! Did you survive? I bet you were happy when it was done though, right?

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  8. Oh my goodness. We TOTALLY felt this way about our house - unfortunately we still do because we still have SO much to do. Sigh. Did I mention that we ended up buying the last of the 40+ houses that we looked at? Let me list for you what we found out AFTER buying the home. (We do love our home! There's just a lot to do still.)

    1. There were borders in just about every room in the house. Granted, we saw the borders but UGH they were so much more of a pain than we thought. In two of the rooms upstairs they (previous owners) put up a border, painted over the border and put up another border. In the kitchen they put up a border AND THEN painted the walls so where the paint met the border it left a somewhat raised "seam". Also, one of the borders in the upstairs room was more of a sticker than a border.
    2. There is a terrible patch job behind the washing machine. We found this out when the washing machine they left for us died after 8 months of us living in the house.
    3. There is a "drain pipe" thing under the washing machine in case it leaks but the hole where the pipe came out was way too big for the actual pipe. (Lots of weird dead space that led to the inside walls of the house - scary.)
    4. Before we bought the house we suspected a water damage so we had them cut into the living room ceiling (my Hubs works for a restoration company but they wanted a company they were familiar with to do it) and the patch job there is terrible.
    5. They NEVER serviced their AC and now we are having problems. SIGH. And those things aren't cheap!!!
    I'm sure there's more but I'll stop there.
    Feel better? =]

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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    1. Well, is it horrible to say that I am glad that I am not the only one who feels this way? I feel your pain with the wallpaper borders. We were narrowed down to 2 houses...this one and another. The other one had wallpaper and texture on almost every wall, and the thought of having to deal with it just made me tired. I am so thankful that we didn't have any wallpaper to tackle in this house....just seriously horrendous stencils. The dead space in the walls is strange. That is sort of like when we went to open up one of the doorways and discovered double drywall. Why?? Some of those things just seems so strange!

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  9. You are too funny girl! What were those people thinking, huh? Oh well - you're all over it! Take care and watch those paint fumes!!

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  10. Seriously! Chunky Dunk? Hollywood bathroom lights? You are right to remove all traces of the previous inhabitants. Keep up the battle - it will definitely be worth it.

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    1. I know, right? The sign was the thing that sent me over the edge! And these people had a hot tub! Thanks for the support!

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  11. We had the same thing when we moved into our last house. But it was the yard! Once they realized we were locked in they didn't pull a single weed in a HUGE unfinished backyard. The weeds were over 5 feet (some over 6) by the time we moved in and took 3 grown women almost 5 full 8 hour days to remove. I could easily punch those owners in the throat. You've done remarkably well in not being violent so far!!

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  12. I so feel you. Our house was quite the sight when we moved in. The husband had been living there on his own for weeks (she had to relocate early for work) and he hadn't even finished packing when our moving truck rolled into the driveway.

    He said, "The wife'd kill me if you she knew what the house looked like when you guys got here."

    We had to clean for a whole day before we could unpack a box. And then we started painting, carpet-ripping, realizing there was a gas leak (GAH!) and all of the other stuff that happens when you move.

    I hope that you guys can climb over this "wall" easily. It'll get better soon!

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  13. OH YES. Every last one of those things. Except maybe finding the chunky dunk sign, though I sort of regret that I didn't. I have a special love-hate relationship with our previous homeowners, which is just like any other love-hate relationship except that it's completely void of any love whatsoever.

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    1. Well, it really is too bad that you weren't able to find a gem of a sign like I did! Maybe I should frame it? Just for a bit of nostalgia and to remind us to never do stupid stuff to the house???

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  14. Your writing is amazing! This blog is hysterical. it made me feel your pain, but seemed to be written with this sense of humor where I could feel you shrug and be like, "ok, this is life, it will go on, in the meantime, why do only half the ugly lights work?" Also... I do think that chunky dunk sign is awesome, especially considering that you didn't buy it but that you found it. I mean... how many times since have you worked the phrase "chunky dunk" into conversation? For the laughs alone, that sign is amazing. If the answer is zero, oh my, my sense of humor needs an upgrade!! Hope you have a fun weekend! Looking forward to more posts next week!

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    1. Stacey! Thank you, what a wonderful compliment. That sign really is something, isn't it? I honestly don't think I have ever worked that into a sentence....except maybe "let's dunk that chocolate chunk(y) cookie into some delicious milk!" That's as far as I go!

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  15. This brought back so many memories. You've summed it up completely. :-)

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  16. I've totally been here. A few times. The things we find in our houses while renovating make me judge those prior owners. And I've totally asked my husband what we are doing that will make future owners hate us? Hopefully nothing.

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  17. ughh I totally feel your pain-- I spent at least 2 months painting EVERY SINGLE SURFACE of my house. my filthy, filthy house. how do people live like that?! I hope no one ever thinks that when I sell my house.

    also, I found children's DNA tests in the basement. which might explain why a single mother of 3 had to leave her home on a short sale. sad... but ew. take those with you please.

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    1. A children's DNA test? That's super creepy....
      Luckily we haven't found anything totally nutty yet..just lots of dead bugs :)

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