It sounds like the good ole days here at 86'n it. And by that I mean it sounds EMPTY. The echo is eerily familiar.
In prep for the drywallers/painters, yesterday I emptied the living room and upstairs hallway into the dining room and parlor. The dining room is now dining/playing room.
Franca seems to enjoy it and it is pretty funny to sit all on one side of the table and eat like we are at the Last Supper. (Sorry we seem to be staring into your house Pete & Haven!)
Now might be a good time to let y'all know what exactly these guys will be doing. You know, because I JUST figured it out last night.
The horrible water-stained/peeling/flaking/gross upstairs hallways ceiling. As I speak they are adding a thin layer of drywall to the ceiling. We decided to do this over trying to skim coat such a long, uneven ceiling. It will get painted white.
The horribly patchwork future guestroom/playroom. Marc has to work his butt off tonight threading the toilet vent pipe up to the attic and finishing the missing little wing walls so they can drywall, but hey, after that, he and Franca are off to have a blast in NYC. Fair trade, no?
When we moved in, the living room was a dirty peach sponge painted mess. With so many other projects to get done (um, like fixing it so that you could NOT see the room below while sitting on the toilet), I quickly threw up one coat of SW Functional Gray. Almost 6 years later, that same single coat is all that got done!
So they will be repairing the ceiling and walls, adding two more coats of Functional Gray to the walls and white to the ceiling. And in a bit of a controversial move, the windows will go to the dark gray BM Midnight Summer, as will both sets of french doors and the other 2 interior downstairs doors.
I know the dark gray is not everyone's cup of tea, and maybe stupid to do before selling the house, but I already started it and honestly, I LOVE the way it looks. It adds a layer of richness and texture to the house.
What to do with the doors up here was a bit of an issue. The hallway window will be the dark gray Midnight Summer, but the issue is that the windows and doors inside the bedrooms and bathroom will be staying white.
After consulting some local experts (Robin & Stacey), I was given the go ahead to do the hallway side of the doors and trim the dark gray and leave the inside white. Phew!
So the next 5 days were supposed to be a little pre-second-baby husband-less, daughterless break for me, but it looks like I'll be dealing with drywall dust, cleanup and mess. Never any rest for this weary renovator.
I'm just glad I'm not doing any of the hard work.