Brooke here. Got to get Brown to start writing these up…
With the master bedroom under control and the enormous pile of bricks flying itself out of the backyard thanks to a Craigslist post for free antique pavers, I’m now working on my office. I’m excited as it’s going to be a remarkable deep blue; I’m pissed because the walls are so messed up that they need dark paint to hide the flaws.
The worst section was the part with the dozen drywall anchors. Best guesstimate based on placement is that the anchors held some shelves. When the shelves came down and the new paint went up, someone slapped a thick coat of spackle over the anchors and called it good. Admittedly it’s not an epic kludge, but it is still saturated with rich chocolaty kludginess.
I could only get three of them out with a screwdriver; the rest had to be dug out with a utility knife and a pair of pliers. Once the anchors were removed, I sanded the everloving crap out of the wall to remove the layer of old spackle. It turns out the room used to be blue, then pink, and orange before that. The effect was actually rather pretty and it would be something to play around with if it didn’t mean a stroll through the Valley of Lead Paint.
Five layers down, I hit drywall and stopped sanding. Then I spackled the everlovin’ crap out of the holes and let them dry for a few hours, then resanded and spackled a second time. Tomorrow, I’ll go back and sand again, then put some paint over the holes to see if the wall needs a third layer of prep before everything lies flat.
The room also has some rather awful track lighting which throws off a lot of heat. My birthday is coming up so I’m thinking my gift to myself will be a couple of these, which just look darned cool (Also: lighting for bathroom remodel? Yes, please). There’s an old central ceiling fan which might be replaced, or removed and replaced with another light fixture, or removed altogether and the space capped. Not sure which way is the best to go on that one, but the space is really too small for a full-sized ceiling fan.