We received a notice in the mail a couple of weeks ago that our neighborhood annual dumpster date this year is October 16. That's only one week away. We've been talking about getting the rest of the paneling in the living room and master bedroom down for months (maybe even a couple of years), and this was just the event to get us moving on it.
On the way home from work, Most Happy Girl stopped at Walmart and bought very ugly and very cheap sheets to cover the windows. Cheap because we know they'll get ruined in the next weeks/months as we work on this room, and ugly to inspire us to do it quickly.
Once home, Most Happy Girl tackled the world's ugliest drapery.
Then she noticed something that caused her heart to cringe. The windows, including the sliding glass door, were dirty. Not just dirty, but filthy. Out came the glass cleaner and paper towels and half an hour later, the windows were a thing of beauty. Of course, it meant that she had not stayed on task, so back to moving and shifting and all of that fun stuff.
The pictures all came off the walls, the golden disasters went out to the trailer to await their fate next week, bookcase next to the stereo was cleaned out, and couch was moved away from the wall.
When Mr. Perfect arrived home from a very long day at work, he helped with dinner (a yummy, made-up-on-the-spot chicken and pasta dish not to be missed), and then together they tackled most of the paneling until this is what remained.
It's amazing how much bigger the room feels with the drapes and dark paneling gone. It's also a lot louder. I think the heavy drapery material absorbed a lot of sound. Two places still have paneling: behind the stereo and T.V. (because we need to be more serious about moving and unhooking things before we can pull this down) and behind the piano (because moving the piano is always a delicate proposition that will take more then just the two of us to accomplish).
Next up: the final wall of paneling in the master bedroom. It's going to be a happy, full dumpster, courtesy of the M Family alone.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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