October 30, 2011


Much of my time is spent doing work-related things, and that isn’t any fun to write about, which is why you so often get to read posts about stuff on my kitchen counter. The stuff I did this weekend, though, it’s exciting enough for both of us!

All the classrooms at school (except mine) have a loft. In the school-age room, there has been a mysterious soft spot on the drywall that eventually crumbled through. I had said many times that I’d look at it and do something to fix it, but I never did. Friday, though, I got around to patching it – really, really badly.

The patching itself went surprisingly well –

Yep, that's a hole.

The hardware store had never heard of drywall clips. I had to run home to dig up mine.

– it was the taping that went horribly wrong. I had bought quick-dry spackle instead of joint compound and rushed like mad because …. well, because I’m not careful. I do many repairs around that building and my joke is, “This place is held together with zip-ties and hot glue.” I’m not kidding, either.

I had TWO bubbles. Stupid Lauren.

Whatever. I had a plan to cover it all up anyway. I went to Menard’s and stood in the wall coverings aisle doing some painful, painful math, and after my hopeful calculations I bought some bead board paneling!

It took an evening and an afternoon, but it’s all done. I only made a couple of drastic mistakes (besides the original hole repair), but I call this a success because I didn’t have to drive back to Menard’s to get more supplies. Woo-hoo!

I wrote an apology on the wall patch.

Holy cats! That was like a magic home repair show!

The wall needs repainting, but that wasn't on my to-do list.

I probably should have used more hot glue, though.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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4 Responses to “Accomplished!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ha! Excellent solution! My walls at home are all so bumpy and cracked, I should put bead board over all of them.


  2. Kristi Said on:

    Most impressive! I’ve got some projects for you, too.


  3. Lauren's dad Said on:

    So, why, if you were going to cover it with beeboard, did you bother to fix the hole? Using the beeboard is an excellent idea, and that looks really good! I have some window sills that need caulking! When can we expect you?


  4. Peggy Said on:

    I have only one thing to say: YOU.ARE.AMAZING!!

    That looks fantastic! It is like magic! What are you gonna do next? What are you gonna do next?

    (Oops, I guess I had more than one thing to say)


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