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Many months ago, someone suggested we post pictures of the bit of our own home decor that we like the least - "befores", if you will. Well, I have decided it was time to revive this idea - we have lots of new members, and maybe the old ones have acquired some courage with the passage of time.

The hideous sunshine ceiling boxes that were crouching evilly on my kitchen ceiling when I first joined this forum are long gone, or they would have been my first choice as a personal "worst", but I have many "trouble spots" remaining.

My kitchen floor now tops the list. It is ceramic tile, and I think it was badly laid long ago. Did that happen to you too? OOPS - sorry, wrong forum. The grout is black and is coming out. There are many cracked tiles, which we were going to switch for unbroken tiles under the appliances...but thanks to clumsy children dropping things, we have run out of enough good tiles before even getting started.

In the spirit of the decorating sisterhood, I am exposing my shame with a photograph. You need not be kind. Just share. Surely there is something you loathe in your home: a purchase made while you were under the influence of cold medication, a gift from your mother-in-law (Constance!), leftovers from a previous owner....

I showed you mine, now show me yours!

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I have a blue glass dolphin that I refuse to lock up. DH is extremely embarrassed, but I don't care. It's standing in the kitchen window in all its glory. Unfortunately I can't take a picture of it due to the kitchen being the most miserable room in the whole house and I'm NOT revealing that one! Hah!

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Isn't she going to just adore her new baby brother or sister after giving up that room full of fun for the new baby! I suggest you clear out the toys asap, to avoid the association between "baby" and "fun room all gone". Either that or make appointments with the sibling rivalry therapist today!

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Thanks for the picture - it is a great mask, and so much the better with the cultural context! No wonder it is a sentimental favorite of yours. My partner would love to hang that mask with his collection!

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I want to see your mask close up - does it have a "kiss up" face by any chance?

By the way, I have the same light fixture, with bigger globes, in my main floor bathroom and over the built-in vanity in my master bedroom. Screams 70s, but in my house I don't mind it so much!

Jazzie - oh I do indeed remember the pinks, peaches, greens and blues of the 1980s. I bet your home was tres chic at the time - it is funny how we begin to hate these things when they become passe. Susan's point exactly. What we love today, we may hate tomorrow - or, if we wait long enough, maybe we will love it again!

Who remembers busy flowered wallpaper? My mother had that all over our house in the early 1970s!

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That Paula had a "worst"? Paula, your fireplace has possibilities and you are the right woman for the job. I expect to see your revisions another day!

Norm - I knew you just needed something to work from! I think you ought to follow Elise's advice but sober up first for heaven's sake. Giggling like a mad fool will ruin your act. By the way, if your breath is baited, as opposed to bated, you might try Clorets.

Elise, get shopping for knobs. You can't live with an ugly knob, and there is no need to. Get thee to Lee Valley now!

Susan, I agree with you. Yesterday's favorite project can become tomorrows design disaster! Time tells, doesn't it? I must say, dual shaded purple silk swags might "take the cake"...but Caro, I remember the era and I bet it seemed like a great idea at the time!

Those paint colour disasters (and mowable rugs- yikes!) sound familiar, but make me feel tired at the very thought. I have become disenchanted already with my deep red bedroom wall -nice colour, wrong for the room - but contemplating the idea of painting over that dark, dark red makes me want to bury my head under all the pillows and cushions on my bed!

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They've been having this problem for weeks and are trying to fix it.
I don't know what to tell you except maybe start from the top of the post and smoke your way down man!!!

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I hate to say it, and please don't laugh and call me names, but,,,,gulp,,,sweat,,,,,wipe,,,,I rather um,,like it!!! Don't hit me!!!!
It's interesting, and there are so many ways you can use it to display your accessories, books and artwork. Maybe once I stop smoking my joint I might see it for the wall of shame that you say, but for now, it's like wow man!!!

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This is why I've never shown any of you before! I hate it! I could swear that whoever designed this wall was taking some serious drugs at the time. I didn't realize just how bad it was until one evening a friend pointed out that it's shape resembled that of a swastika! Nice.

There is no rhyme or reason for it. The "upper mantle" on the right side has a duct of some sort, so I understand why that's there, but why only part way across - I would have appreciated symmetry. And that little thing going up the middle? What is that? I've seen the plans, so I know there's nothing in there.

And don't get me started on the big gaping (and uneven, I might add) holes on either side of the fireplace.

But, fortunately DH is very handy and we've designed an entire new wall with custom cabinetry, perhaps a rock fireplace, and of course symmetry. I'm not always for symmetry, but for a fireplace wall I am!

Here's my wall of shame

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I've practised that horrified look so many times I could now teach it as a course in night school. Don't forget when he first mentions it to give him a puzzled look as if you're not quite sure what he's saying. Then lift your hand to your chest and open your mouth wide, mirroring back slowly what he just said, then rush to the bathroom to see for yourself. Then lament and wonder out loud how this could have happened, and how they don't make things as they used to. Then let him decide what to do.

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...the knobs on my kitchen cupboards!!!! They are original to the cabinets, a coppery colour, and they've started to tarnish, which means I have to constantly polish them. It's so hard trying to find ones that fit properly. The cabinets are mahogany and have been refinished but the knobs look like a hairy wart on an otherwise pretty face.!!! :(

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The worst decorating mishap I had in our house was when I painted the living room. I did all the things you're supposed to do -- painted a sample of the colour, lived with it for a few days, etc. I painted 2 coats of Wilmington Tan on the ceiling, a coat of primer on the walls, and then 2 coats of Greenfield Pumpkin on the walls, chair rail, baseboard, and air vent. As the paint went on, I thought it looked kind of dark, but I kept going.

After the painting was done, we put all the furnitture back into the room, and it looked GROSS. Total disco den right out of the 70's.

So the next morning, I ran off to Benjamin Moore to get more paint and some colour advice. The BM guy clued in to the fact that I really liked the Wilmington Tan on the ceiling, so why not use that colour on the walls?? Which meant that I would have to repaint the ceiling, because it would look funny if the walls and ceiling were the same colour.

So, I came home with another can of Wilmington Tan for the walls, (eggshell instead of matte), and a can of a lighter version of WT for the ceiling. So, 2 more coats of paint on the ceiling, 2 more coats of paint on the walls and chair rail, and then I decided that the baseboards and air vent should be their original white. It took 3 coats of paint to cover the Greenfield Pumpkin.

I still don't love the room, and I definitely have plans to change it at some point. But for now, it's better than the original 2-tone green, and WAY better than the Greenfield Pumpkin!!

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