Hole in the Plan

So I wrote about Good Space not too long ago (which, for clarification, I was in no way compensated or received any sort of discount or special privilege for), and Neil and I have slowly been implementing parts of the plan.

We’ve had closet organizers installed (post and pictures to come at a later date), and have acquired a few of the recommended design elements.

One of those suggestions was to install an art ledge for photos on the wall in the hallway between the main bathroom and the second bedroom.

Photos on the wall

What you see in the picture is a photo of the wall with some framed prints on it, sans ledge.

The ledge is currently sitting in our closet, awaiting a better spot for install.

Why, you ask?

See if you can figure it out – there’s something in the picture that indicates installing a ledge at that location (complete with 3″ stud screws and toggle bolts) would be a colossally bad idea.

Give up?


The door to the bathroom opens into the vacant space behind the drywall on that wall. Installing anything other than the tiniest of picture-hanging nails there would be disastrous – either locking the door open, or closed. .


Unfortunately, sometimes these things aren’t obvious. Even professionals occasionally make mistakes, as do dunderheads like us who managed to punch three large holes into the wall for the toggle bolts, before realizing the catastrophe we were setting ourselves up for.

Just to prove how clueless we can be, two of those holes came after we carefully drew all over the wall again because the first toggle we tried to screw in stopped and got caught on the horizontal door-guide framing (we had no idea what it was – we just busted out the stud-finder and moved our measurements up a couple inches).

Thankfully the pictures we were going to put on the ledge are the perfect sizes to cover the holes and most of the scuff-marks. And it’s a very good thing we were already planning on painting (after most of the work is done, because damn but we’re rough on our walls)!

Have you ever made a home-improvement blunder? Measured once and cut twice? Painted the dog? Please share and make me feel better, because I strongly suspect this won’t be our last!

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5 thoughts on “Hole in the Plan

  1. jen

    It took me about a half dozen holes to realize that the picture hangers on the glass clip ikea frames aren’t in the same place on every frame. That and the fact I keep printing more photos and shuffling things around certainly doesn’t help. Your photos look great though, hopefully worth the holes!

    Also, when I made the curtain for above our fireplace the one thing Luke warned me about was not to cut the dowel too short. And what did I go and do? Oops.

  2. Sue

    I’ve basically stopped doing home renos by myself, because I have an incredibly capacity for fucking up. Instructions? What are those? Oh the DESTRUCTIONS. Right. Those are the things you recycle with the packaging, right?

    Remind me to tell you about the time Artos and I put up wallpaper trim on our apartment in Calgary. It looked okay… as long as you didn’t bring out a level.

  3. Riann

    My dad tore cartilage in his knee when he fell off the outhouse (we were shingling the roof). He carefully made sure the ladder that I was climbing was set and stable before climbing a hastily put down rickety ladder on the other side.

  4. Crissy

    Well, if it makes you feel better … my husband, despite having gone to art school (and done COUNTLESS installations/hangings), and despite working at Ikea (where he does display work every single day), cannot for the life of him hang a picture on the first try. Or the second. Sometimes not even a third time’s a charm! 😛

    Ahh, just worry about those holes later. Nobody needs to know what’s really going on behind the pics!

  5. Mark

    what fabulous pictures… especially the ones on the right. Whoever took those must be a pretty masterful photog… 😉

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