I live in the city in a row home that up until five years ago was completely abandoned and beyond disgusting. It looked like a haunted house before our contractors got ahold of it! The interior was completely gutted down to the joists and brick and nothing at all was able to be saved. (You can read more about that story here.) So the interior of my house is five years old but the exterior is 100+ years old. There were some repairs that took place to the exterior, but mostly it was just repainted. The picture below shows what it looked like about four years ago.
And here is what it looks like now :(. Sob.
Sometimes chippy paint is NOT a good thing. Yes, it’s pretty bad and it needs to be completely redone the RIGHT way this time.
In addition to peeling paint, we also have these furry little guys to blame for a TON of damage.
Squirrels have chewed through our wood molding and caused $$$ worth of damage.
This week I’ve met with the squirrel exterminator, a carpenter, and a painter. Needless to say it’s going to be a very, very expensive summer, but this is real life. Home ownership isn’t always about DIY projects and beautifully staged photos.
On the bright side, I’m excited to have the house repainted and plan on going in a completely different direction this time. The white, green, and red is lovely, but I’m ready for something more neutral. Right now I’m planning to go with something similar to this beauty below.
So if you’ve been wondering where all of my fabulous DIY projects have gone, I promise more are soon on the way! But right now the exterior of my house is crying (in peeling paint) for help and I’m trying to come to her rescue.