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Destroy it yourself, why don't you?

Inspired by Alicanary 's post My Top 5 Interior Decorating Mistakes , here is a litany of what we found when we moved in here:

Mint green anaglypta wallpaper and terracotta MDF fake wood panelling

Yup, the front room had that eye watering color combo on the walls. The terracotta MDF is still there, so is the anaglypta wallpaper, but it was firmly painted magnolia by yours truly as soon as we took possession.

Laminate flooring laid straight over the top of carpet

When we came to have the laminate flooring in the front room replaced, our flooring expert found that it had simply been laid on top of the ancient carpet that was there already.

Stair carpet laid over the top of another layer of carpet instead of underlay

No wonder the stair carpet never fit properly! It's not brilliant now, but it's better than it was.

Kitchen units built out of bits of wood rather than being actual kitchen units

Because, you know, there are no cheap kitchen furniture stockists...

A double interior plug secured to the back fence with twine and put into a plastic bag to protect it from the rain

Not even a proper outdoor plug, which would have been very useful, but your normal double plug found in every room of the house.

The water tank connected to the mains with washing machine hose

And a lovely mess that would have been to clear up when the rubber finally perished.

Tiles shoved down the side and back of the bath because the walls aren't straight in the bathroom

Wouldn't it just have been easier to have a plasterer redo the wall so it fitted snugly to the bath?

Crazy doors

Chipboard doors with holes in, hung at crazy angles, which don't shut. Still waiting to replace those.

Those are the ones I can remember, but it gives you an idea of what this house was like when we moved in. And as that has reminded me how much this house will still cost to put right, I'm off to list some more things on eBay so I can afford some more repairs.

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MegL wrote on September 13, 2015, 8:15 AM

Totally amazed. How could anyone DO that?

WordChazer wrote on September 13, 2015, 8:49 AM

I dine out on the horror story this house was made into, by previous owners, really. It honestly needs gutting and starting over but as we have yet to win big on the Premium Bonds and don't play the Lottery, we have to go at it piecemeal.

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 13, 2015, 9:25 AM

When we bought this house the former people had used it for a trash dump. At least all we had to do was clean then mostly repaint.

Dragonfairy1 wrote on September 14, 2015, 1:32 PM

My mum and dads was like this, wallpaper on wallpaper and not a straight wall in the house :)

WordChazer wrote on September 14, 2015, 2:55 PM

So glad to hear Mr C and I are not alone. This house has history tied into the place where we are both now working too, so we really want to get it looking good so we can sell it on eventually to another colleague.

WordChazer wrote on September 14, 2015, 3:00 PM

I think my current colleague, former owner of this establishment, did the same. I hate to think what he's done to the place he bought on the super-expensive development in the swanky end of town! We have repainted and repaired what we can but still need to look at sorting some of the major issues. Eventually, when I have decluttered by selling everything that is not sentimentally valuable, necessary for continued existence or nailed down...

AliCanary wrote on September 22, 2015, 10:49 AM

Oh my, what a thrill THAT must have been to deal with. At least you can blame the former owners--I've no one but meself to blame for my odd choices emoticon :smile:

WordChazer wrote on September 22, 2015, 4:30 PM

I have the style eye of a blind worm, so no hopes there. I like simple and uncluttered but unfortunately, I went through the phase that many have, of acquiring stuff. I now know better and am only acquiring either things which will get used/worn or things which I have collected for long enough to know that I'm not going to change my mind (polar bear items, rainbow items, purple clothes/accessories/ornaments).