So the family room makeover is off to quite the rocky start. You may remember that last week I shared that I decided to tackle our family room for the One Room Challenge – a challenge started by Calling it Home to redo an entire room in your home in just six weeks.
Well, here we are one week in already and things aren’t looking so good. In fact, they are looking worse than ever – and I really mean that.
We have wood paneling in our family room – not my favorite but it is painted white and I can live with it. (Basically, I would love to have drywall, but I don’t want to tackle that myself right now and I can’t afford to pay someone to do it. So I’m learning to love me some paneling.) A few weeks ago the paneling suddenly cracked next to the fireplace. I wasn’t very comfortable with mounting the TV over the fireplace on a broken piece of paneling, so I decided the responsible thing to to do is repair the paneling first.
I pulled off the molding and the bad piece of paneling…and opened up a can of worms. Not literally – there weren’t any worms in the wall, thank goodness. Unfortunately that’s where the good news ends. The cracking was caused by water damage from a roof/chimney leak. At first it looked like there might be black mold all over the insulation and wood. Thankfully, on closer inspection, there was no mold – just lots of rotten wood. Not good and not something we could ignore.
I briefly considered trying to repair things on my own… but then I remembered that I have no idea how to do that. And since this falls into the structure/safety realm of things, we have a professional coming to check out the situation tomorrow.
So this is how our fireplace currently looks. Not exactly an improvement.
And to really drive home the point that I shouldn’t be considering this a DIY job, not only did the wall reveal plenty of water damage, it also revealed a big old crack on the side of the chimney! No wonder there is water damage – there’s a hole in the side of the house!
Yep, those light spots? That is sunshine shining right into our house!
So yeah, so far this six week timeline isn’t looking so good, but I’m not giving up. Here’s hoping next week, I have some much prettier pictures to share!