I was horrified when I saw the condition of this room during our first viewing. The highlights of the room? The gross maroon paint and creatively-run cable:The weird (undescribable shade of) paint on the baseboards, desk, and doors, the dingy carpet:
The gorgeous 12-lite Prairie-style french doors that were VANDALIZED with maroon paint, cheesy blinds, and were CAULKED AND PAINTED SHUT:
Yes, some yahoo (I'm talking to YOU, Boozy Susie!) decided to caulk these wonderful and completely operational doors shut, probably because it costs about $200 a month just to heat our house in the winter. Instead of putting up plastic or using rope caulk, she used the real stuff. Removing the caulk and excess paint was a multi-day ordeal involving heat guns and scrapers. And swear words. And adult beverages. I'm happy to say that they work fine now, but are sorely in need of a good sanding and repainting, as you can see by this present-day photo:
Even though the floors were in remarkable condition after we ripped up the carpet, the
wahoos previous owners had decided to use massive amounts of glue on the carpet pads - yes, there was more than one pad in some areas. This resulted in a sticky goo along the perimeter of the room that would only come off with hours of working at it with a plastic scraper and Goof-Off. Let's just say it isn't all off yet:
You can only scrape so much, people! And there is still maroon paint on the casement window above the built-in desk:
But, I saved the best for last.