My old house sounds like your old house Busy!
I have to be very careful what I try to remove or fix, lest I end up with another hole leading to somewhere… like the holes that my kid could fit through in the floor going straight to the basement! (shhh he doesn't know about it, covered it with a bookshelf.
All of my walls were (some are still) covered in that hideous 1970 dark paneling. (Yeah… it’s that bad....
Well, when I went to rip it down to uncover the drywall beneath, boy did I find a mess! Some of the walls are so badly un-plum there are nailer strips to hold up the paneling, and on other walls, mostly exterior, someone took a hammer and punched holes all through the drywall exposing the insulation.
Yup, just random holes everywhere, say 8 or 10 per wall and because the walls are not even close to being level or flat, it has been a bear to patch. The patches keep cracking anyway and I’m tired of making patches, so I have decided to paint over the paneling and go for the “country cottage” look. (as if I have a choice
My plank floors also have the huge gaps between the boards. Because it is both the floor and sub floor, stuff falls through the cracks and into the basement. I’ll go down to get something from the freezer or do laundry and find random toys all over the place. I’m the only person I know who has to vacuum the cracks in the floors.
However, I have finally learned if I let the cracks fill up with dirt...I will find less toys in the basement!
Anyway, I snapped these of the floor today...
This is the color I was going for, and the color the floor is around the outer edges of the rooms where I couldn't sand everything up. floor1.jpg
This is one of many beat up areas. floor2.jpg
And this is where the floor did sand up well, and stained nicely, but the low toxic stuff just didn't last.
So, I have tri-toned floors with cheap vinyl stuff in the kitchen. floor3.jpg