A Bathroom Trilogy: Renovation Continues!

By on 17 August, 2015 in Historic Midtown, Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

Note: Living in Midtown Montgomery often means living in historic homes, with all of the joys and responsibilities involved. This is the third in Sandra’s series about her bathroom renovation. Read the first part here and the second part here.

This fetching piece of furniture now adorns our living room!

This fetching piece of furniture now adorns our living room!

We are now approaching the end of week 6 of our hallway bathroom remodel. Living amidst chaos has become the norm. It no longer makes me cringe to have people stop by and encounter a bathroom vanity parked in our living room. Dust and grime have attained the status of condiments in our diet.

No remodeling project goes without incident, I’m certain. And we’re proving to be no exception. You may remember that my brother, Frank, had volunteered to do the labor on the project. The helper we hired for him was a high school athlete who, after just two days on the job, injured a knee at pre-season football practice and was declared by his doctor to be “out of remodeling for the season!”

So, working alone, my brother undertook sanding the 30-year old wallpaper off of the walls. The walls fared well, but my brother — who is a smoker and has allergies and sinus issues — not so well. He ended up sick as a dog.

And speaking of sick: I just mentioned that my brother is a smoker. He would never smoke in our house, so he spends a good bit of time, especially after 5 p.m. on “his own time,” out back on the covered patio. It’s hotter than the hinges of Hades out there (west-facing), despite a good tree cover and two ceiling fans running full tilt.

Being the caring sister I am, I’ve spent a lot of time out there with him. And did I mention the bugs? Brother carefully applies Off! every time he steps out the back door. But his vain and silly sister does not like the smell of the stuff, so she’s become the favorite dish of dozens of mosquitoes.

All of which takes me to our most recent calamity: I learned through a nasty case of hives that I am allergic — violently allergic, it seems — to mosquito bites! It took a massive round of injected antihistamine (and the consequential inability to stay awake!) to get them under control.

I am so very grateful to my brother for tackling this project. And I know he was as disappointed as I when he had to tell me last night that the special tile for the outer corners of the shower he thought he ordered from Home Depot did not arrive as expected. It turns out that there was no record of the order at all  — a good two week delay.

So I imagine you’ll understand that, every great once in a while, I am reminded of that famous line from The Agony and the Ecstasy shouted by Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II shouted up at Charlton Heston as Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling: “When will you make an end?!”

Sandra Nickel has been listing and selling residential real estate for over 30 years, most with an intense focus on Montgomery’s Midtown neighborhoods. Sandra serves on the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, the Cloverdale Business Coalition, Historic Southview, the Volunteer and Information Center, Landmarks Foundation and her own neighborhood Garden District Preservation Association.

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