Did you ever move into a house and there are certain things that bug you and you think you’re going to have those things taken care of before the moving van backs out of the driveway? And then a decade passes?
Well that would be Bossy in the house she currently calls home. Don’t get Bossy wrong, she and her husband have done a lot of work on their house and they do it all themselves — they’re not afraid to knock down walls and build fireplaces and put windows where there were once impenetrable layers of stucco — but sometimes it’s the small stuff that goes overlooked. Case in point:
And before you ask, no, this is not about the decorative stencil Bossy applied to her walls because she couldn’t afford the Scandinavian wallpaper she coveted — the stencil Bossy applied to every inch of her living room and dining room walls, from floor to ceiling, until she lost all feeling in her
No, this photo represents the little thingy stuck on the door frame like a barnacle. See it?
The previous owners of Bossy’s house were also friends, and Bossy forgets the story about this thing, but Bossy thinks it was some sort of lock, and then a key broke off in this some sort of lock, and, oh yeah, then the previous owner friends hung the remnants of the broken key on this lock thing and — well what do you know, eleven years later and it’s still here.
In the case of this photo, look past the stove and the one-inch layer of fire extinguisher chemical that was recently cleaned off the stove — and no Bossy’s son it isn’t funny yet — and check out the tiles on Bossy’s backsplash.
Bossy isn’t saying there’s something really wrong with her spice-themed tile backsplash in a disturbing off-white which always looks as though it’s covered with kitchen grease because it is — at least nothing wrong with it besides the spice-theme part and the off-white part and the fact that it’s a backsplash and it lives in Bossy’s kitchen. It’s just that Bossy thought she’d have those suckers ripped out and sitting curbside before her kids selected their bedrooms.
Bossy isn’t really complaining, she’s simply pointing it out — after all, Bossy has made the best of her kitchen, and in fact you can hardly notice this backsplash detail these days, what with the hair salon in the way:
And for the final exhibit:
This towel bar was painted white at some point in it’s Pre-Bossy life and the paint is flecking off. And so the first day in Bossy’s house, Bossy’s mom hung this grey washcloth over the bar until such time Bossy could Anyway it’s still there. Along with the paint flecks.
Bossy can summarize these particular avoided projects and more in this way: Why deny the next owners the privilege of doing it?
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy about a few quirks around your house — projects you can’t believe you’ve managed to avoid for this long?
And be sure to check back later today for the most avoided house projects on the web.
If you missed last week’s Ten-Word Challenge, click here to read what kind of tattoos the Bossy readers would get, and where.
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