I guess it’s been more than a few months for me to get to the painting. We didn’t have any company coming so there was no real rush. I was just twitchy. But first M— came home for a few months, so I couldn’t use her room as a holding cell for all the furniture. Then I got sidetracked by her t-shirt quilt – and the Trip Around the World quilt – details to come on that one. But now I have a push for it. Besides the fact that I cannot stand an unfinished project, D—’s brother, sister-in-law, and mother are coming for a short stay in a few months. So I took a three day weekend and tore the room apart.
And when I say tore, I mean down to the plywood. I took off the closet doors and threw them out. That is the one thing that may not get replaced before the family visit. And I took out the closet pole and shelf. I have this wonderful system from Closet Maid that I am fairly itching to put up. In the meantime, I had to put the clothes somewhere. I couldn’t begin to get near the closet in M—’s old room. Too much stuff in the way. So I found the next best permanent pole.
The bathroom in the upstairs hall is now a closet. At least temporarily. I put in a permanent rod – as opposed to one held in place by pressure – a few years ago, so I know this isn’t going anywhere. I did shut the door on the room though. It’s just a bit odd looking in and seeing my great aunt’s fake fur coat hanging in a shower.
Next to go was the rust orange carpet. It was stained and torn already, so it was no great loss. It had the world’s cheapest padding under it. In fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever run across one that was rubbery and waffley. Yuck-o. It’s no wonder it was uncomfortable to walk on.
I spackled the heck out of the closet and went on to other things. Next is sanding and then any spackle touch up. I need to buy some molding to put around the window soon. There’s nothing I like less than the unfinished development home window look. Blech. So as I do each room, I put a frame around the window. All the ones on the first floor match. That will not be the case with the upstairs, I don’t think. I won’t go for anything fancy though. You wouldn’t really be able to see it behind those fabulous curtains I made anyway.
The woodwork is all going to be painted white. That’ll be first so I don’t have to tape off anything or be particularly careful. that’s one of the nice things about not having a floor to protect. Likewise the inside of the closet and the new hatch door. I also bought a handle so it’ll be easier to manuever when someone (that means the electrician) needs to get up there.
I should be painting by next weekend. No overhead light in there, so it’s a bit tough to do at night during the week.