It’s funny how people who love DIY house projects view situations that would normally be considered a problem as a wonderful opportunity! We’ve been battling wasps at our house recently. My husband, ever so brave (and cheap because he didn’t want to hire an exterminator), attempted to deal with them using spray and a very interesting homemade version of a bee suit. Obviously, nothing could go wrong with this plan…… Friends, don’t try this at home.
Shockingly, his plan didn’t work. The wasps were in the ceiling, buzzing around and crawling out from around the light. Then they flew all over the house. They were especially fond of our chandeliers, hiding among the crystals and then dive bombing us while we were trying to eat dinner. Wasps, in case you didn’t know, happen to be the same color as the brass on the chandeliers, so they blended right in. It was horrifying!
When I found a wasp crawling underneath the toilet seat one afternoon, I decided to take matters into my own hands and call an exterminator. Sometimes, friends, it’s worth it to pay a professional!
So, an exterminator came out and determined that the wasp nest was most likely in the ceiling of our back hallway. He told us that, unfortunately, we were going to have to cut a hole in the ceiling to get the nest out.
Instead of being sad, my husband and I were high-fiving! You see, the ceiling in that back hallway is covered with cardboard tiles that were added by the previous owners. They don’t go with the age and style of the house. We’ve never liked the tiles, but we’ve just been too busy to remove them. We kept telling ourselves that someday we’d get to that project. And now, it looks like someday has arrived!
I was also secretly hoping that the exterminator would need us to rip out the old carpet on the stair landing so he could use his little camera to locate the wasp nest, but sadly, that didn’t happen. I’ve been wanting to remove that carpet since we moved in, but we keep putting it off while we work on other projects. I also have to figure out what kind of runner I want to put in its place so the kiddos don’t slip and fall on the wooden stairs. But I have a feeling the days of the old dirty carpet are numbered!
What about you, friends? Have you ever had a problem turn out to be the motivating factor to start a project? Any recommendations for our stairs? Once I figure out what I want to use for the stair runner that carpet is out of here!
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