Of course we could see it was even worse once the wall was opened up. What had happened, maybe even when the house was first built (1995) a contractor had shot a nail into one of the copper pipes going through the 2 by 4 piece of wood, so water had been slowly dripping out into the wall for years. So first of all we had plumbers come in and re-do all the piping, then another contractor come in and replace all the rotted wood, and replace the sheetrock, do the wall texture and put in a new baseboard.
Bigger hole in the wall but work in progress getting cleaned up
looking better already - with new baseboard and wall texture
but much better with a fresh coat of white paint.
I found these cool blue pitchers at Ross for about $6 each. I love them because they are like old vintage style fiestaware and bauer pottery.