I inherited a few nightmares when I purchased this house (hence the excellent price). The folks who lived here before me had a fairly “jerry-rig” attitude about things. Although I can completely get behind the path of least resistance, over the years I’ve had to fix and/or update a bunch of stupid stuff.
One of the biggies is the textured paint that they used in several places. I’ve managed to get rid of in most places, but the front porch is going to be the end of me. The porch is concrete and has been painted repeatedly; the first layer was a peach color, the second layer was a pale green and the final textured level was beige. Over the years, it was cracked and chipped and generally become an eyesore that is driving me crazy. Then several years back, I ripped out the ratty indoor/outdoor carpet that was stained and torn. I bought a bunch of stick down carpet squares from a neighbor who was moving and I thought, this is the time to re-finish the porch.
The paint was in such bad shape, I assumed (yeah, I know….) that we would be able to fairly easily scrap it off like we had in the other rooms. Surprise, surprise. Several authorities (hardware store, paint store) have basically said that we’re hosed unless we bring in professionals who can sand blast it. $$$$. So we are scraping by hand. This is very boring work and hurts my hands; the only way I can make myself stay with it is to keep each session down to 20 minutes. Otherwise I don’t go out there. All this hot weather hasn’t helped. Last summer YA tried some stripper, but it was nasty and messy and didn’t actually work all that well.
This project is in its third summer. YA started out strong but now that she’s working full time, her interest has dwindled significantly. I’d really like to get this done before the cold weather arrives, but I’m not holding my breath.
Any projects that took an embarrassing long time? That you’ll admit to?