Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Creep Continues...

Yesterday I was thinking about the grody rough-in pipe that runs straight through the area where my new craft table sits.   I had some leftover marble contact paper from the shelf for the TV and I wrapped it around the pipe to see if it would make it look better.  It would have, but the sheet is so wide that it would warp and crimp as I wrapped it and honestly, it looked like a steaming pile of dung.  I could bear thinking we'd go to all of this trouble to lay flooring on both sides and get everything gussied up to still have this phallic obstacle in our sight path on the regular. 

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I started looking up "how to cover ugly pipes" and came across some solutions that weren't geared toward our situation.  Then I stumbled upon Pipe Wrap.

I saw that it came in a few different materials, including MDF and oak.  They're basically thin strips of whichever material you choose mounted onto paper, you cut to fit your pipe, put construction adhesive on the back and glue it to the pipe.  You can stain it if it's wood or poly it to bring out the natural color or you can do what we're going to do which is paint it so it can kind of blend into the background.  If it didn't have a huge pipe sticking out from the middle of it too, we'd probably stain it, but it's just ugly, and I can't look at it anymore.  When it was surrounded by Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock, it was fine, but now it's just there...in yo face.

Home Depot sold it, so the Mr went over and grabbed it for an after workout fun fest.  It's setting, and hopefully, I will get it all painted today.  As I type that, I'm trying to remember if I have a paintbrush anymore or if I burned through them during the reno.  I guess I'll find out.  I think I might have two foam brushes but not my first choice by a longshot.  The tiles are scheduled to arrive today, so I'm hoping they get here earlier than later.  I just want to be doooooooooooooone!

Obviously, the scope creep continues.

On another note, we had our first workout in the new space, and it was nice to christen it with Shaun T and Joel Freeman.  It was a pretty low burn for us, so I need to get a calendar together soon, and having a headache didn't help.  All tension in the shoulders and jaw.  Pfft.  I did have my first Honeycrisp of the season and man there's just nothing like it.

Sorry if there are a lot of typos, my editor hit the hay for a work project he's on all week.

How have you camouflaged something ugly in your home?

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  1. Even if the scope is creeping, it is pretty impressive that we can pick something like that up and have it installed in the same day. It is easy to pick something like that up and have it sit for weeks before getting to it. We rocked that out!

  2. Great find! I discovered as I finish 1 project I notice other little things I was blind to for 20 years lol. My scope always is creeping lol.

  3. I've heard of pipe wrap but never seen it, so thanks for showing an example of it. Smart idea, and perfect for basements where there's foundation poles, plumbing pipes, etc. I may have to look into that if we ever finish the basement.

    I, too, have had a honeycrisp apple and they are fabulous! It's going to be hot and muggy all week long so it doesn't feel like fall (which starts Monday and supposedly will be 76 degrees, but we'll see). Having those apples though brings the season to the forefront. And I just got an email from Nothing Bundt Cakes that their Pumpkin Spice is back. I may have to pick one up for the hubs birthday and our anniversary.

  4. IF you are to the point of hiding an ugly pipe, you have to be on the tail end of your project.

    I have a lot of work to do cosmetically. I have holes in my ceiling in the basement from when the pipes leaked and we had to go through the drywall ceiling to find the leak - I intentionally haven't closed them up because everytime I do, something else leaks. It's gotten to be almost a superstitious thing. I'm trying to work out more attractive solutions for some of my storage issues, but without spending a lot of money I haven't found anything yet. I'm fine with it, but I'm sure new people to my house think there are lots of ugly things going on.


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