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14 May 2006 @ 11:32 pm
Shelf destruction - part 2  
Good news: all the homegrown crapola on the fireplace wall is gone. Next week, the new wall is going up. I thought I wanted shelves on that, but now I'm really not so sure. I might prefer to just put some nice massive bookshelves in the foyer, which is wide and unused. At any rate, we'll figure it out after the new wall goes up. I got pictures of the atrocious entertainment center and the ripped-out wall, and I also managed to locate a significant quantity of white paint from the previous owners. I hope it's usable, but even if it's not, it will help us find a match.

Bad news: In another "Einstein of the Year" moment, the previous homeowners got the idea to cut gouges out of structural beams in the wall to make room for the crappo entertainment center. Yes, you heard that right. What in the hell were they thinking? Luckily they're minor support beams, and we will reinforce them, but still...that chafes my ass on principle. It's like they never expected that anyone would want to remove their lovely handiwork. Also, I want to track down whoever designed the fireplace and beat them with a rubber hose. The fireplace is on the left half of the wall, but it has a hearth that extends all the way to the right into the adjacent wall. We want to put our TV next to the fireplace, but that will be problematic because the hearth is in the way, and it would probably be expensive to have the superfluous right half removed. So it's either win a free LCD TV or figure out some way to build a platform over the hearth...or build an oddly shaped TV stand or something. Again. What in the hell were they thinking? "Hey! Let's build this monstrosity that isn't required by fire codes, would be a righteous pain in the ass to remove, and makes it impossible to place any furniture on the floor next to the fireplace! Where's that Nobel Prize of Home Decor application, Mabel?"

Random thoughts: I think I like textured faux paint finishes better than wood paneling. Good wood paneling is nifty and all, but I took a look at the faux finishing page on lowes.com and went ZOMG w00t. A mottled taupe/sage wall (perhaps with a bit of metallic sheen) would be interesting in an inobtrusive way, and it would be easy to redo in the future if we redecorated or sold the house. Anyway, here's an example of the texture I like. It helps that the technique looks fun and easy, too.
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Skurtchasorskurtchasor on May 15th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
One of our main support beams was gouged out to make room for water supply and drain lines. I realize putting the angles in the pipes would have been a pain in the ass, but seriously, people...
zerielzeriel on May 15th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
admittedly, part of this confusion is terminology--I use "structural" to mean "actual original framing I'm not willing to touch". Fortunately for everyone the load-bearing wall on the other side is intact.