Confession time: I’ve never really done any spackling. I can tackle any just about any woodworking project, build a coffee table, paint anything, knock down walls, refinish hardwood floors, tile, blah, blah, blah., but spackling is one thing that I’ve always left to my dude (or my dad in my early DIY days – thanks Dad). But there comes a time in every DIYer’s life when you need to learn that basic skill. And now is my time. Hello unfinished guest room that needs lots of spackle-love:
See all those weird holes covered by a semi-finished spackle job? Well, we had all of our knob and tube wiring updated when we moved into this house, and it left behind a lot of holes. A whole heck of a lot of holes. I am guessing somewhere between 112 and 927 holes. Well, my dude has done a great job spackling most of the holes (all the upstairs is done, and most of the main floor), but some rooms he just never get around to finishing, and the guest room is one of those. Not only holes, but strangely this room has a lot of random cracks to be fixed too (ugh plaster walls):
No idea what’s up with that spot on the first photo. Moving on . . .
The only people that ever stay in this room are my in-laws, and I am pretty embarrassed that they’ve suffered through this room through many visits. Actually, it used to be even worse with shoddy built-in nightstands, zero furniture, a sink vanity sitting in the room, and a host of other crazy stuff. But now that my mom-in-law is coming to visit next month, I figured it was high time I enticed her to come more often with a better guest room. So I am telling you, internet friends (mostly so you can hold me accountable), that I.WILL.CONQUER.SPACKLING!
What’s nice about starting my spackling career in the guest room is that the room is rarely used, which means even if I semi-suck at spackling, hardly anyone will see it. Another benefit is that some of the areas I spackle in this room now may well be demolished in the future as part of my one-day-in-the-future kitchen remodel (more on that later, after I drug my dude so he doesn’t read my far-fetched plans). Okay, before I get too crazy with future kitchen dreams, let’s focus on what needs to happen in the guest room short(ish) term:
painting the ceiling (buh-bye peachy-pink ceiling)
- painting the walls (buh-bye peachy-pink and patched walls)
- painting the trim & doors
- cleaning out the closets, or at least the small one so I can feel accomplished
new bedding (in progress)
- new accessories (in progress)
- wall art
- new light fixture?
Lots to do, folks! And now for a total side note: I would like to give a little shout out to “Bachelor’s Funniest Moments”, which I watched off my DVR last night, and also to Chris Harrison’s hair getting higher throughout the seasons. I love you Bachelor/Bachelorette, despite my efforts to quit you every season.
So, anyone else a novice spackler deciding to put aside your fears? Or have any tips for me about spackling? Or perhaps getting super excited for the newest season of the Bachelorette, despite your best judgment telling you otherwise?
Ready or not, I’m off to spackle (after wishing my dad a happy birthday first – happy birthday dad!!).