I have a secret for you.
DIY is NOT pretty.
Oh sure, us bloggers are pros at sharing the ugly “before” pictures with some carefully selected “during” pictures, and then showing off the beautiful “after” results, but about 90% of the job is the UGLY stuff in the middle.
People have been asking to see pictures of what we’ve been doing on our house the past few weeks. Let me tell you, it’s not pretty.
This is what the house looked like before this past weekend:
So – what have we done? In this order – for almost every room in the house:
Peeled off the first layer of wallpaper
Soaked the adhesive underneath the first layer
Scraped the adhesive off of the wall
Spackled every crack/hole
Sanded every part that has spackle
Repeat – until you go crazy.
This is me going crazy – with baby-safe paint & a mask just to be sure
This has been my wardrobe most nights & weekends:
We are incredibly blessed to have both of our families within reasonable driving distance – they’ve all been a great help for us!
Buckley comes with us when we work on the house because we want him to get used to the house – he settles himself right next to a radiator every time
And we’ll end with what is quite possibly my favorite picture – my hard-working husband has aged overnight This is what he looks like once he takes off his mask & glasses from sanding spackle on the ceiling:
Have I convinced you that DIY is NOT pretty?? We’re just praying it will be worth it
Ash @ HumberHomeProject says
Just think how happy you will be when that house is living up to it’s potential! It’s going to look amazing! 🙂
I love the last picture – he looks so defeated, like he knows he lost the battle against the dust. haha 😉
Miranda @ Someday Crafts says
Looks fun, but tedious!! I’m sure it will be amazing when you’re finished. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday!
Julia @cuckoo4design says
Oh, wow but I know it will be worth it!
Samantha D says
HA! Great picture!
He looks so happy
Ann Marie @ whitehouseblackshutters says
This post makes me smile because we’ve been there. And I feel like every project seems to have that awful, never-ending, long nights, pizza for dinner type of feel. But it is so so worth it. Still so happy for you guys! Can’t wait to see what you do. But I can wait, so don’t go too crazy. 🙂