Operation: Redecoration

By on 9 August, 2017 in Sandra Nickel with 0 Comments

From the outside of our home, things appear pretty normal. Normal, that is, if you are accustomed to the sight of a tarp-covered sofa on our front porch!

You see, we have undertaken the total redecoration of the living side of our bungalow (dining room, living room and kitchen down the right side; bedrooms and baths down the left). And that entails stripping those rooms of all contents to facilitate painting and subsequent refinishing of hardwood floors.

Past renovations, one preceding our ownership, saw the installation of now-reviled “popcorn” ceilings. The redo includes undoing that “improvement.” Good golly, Miss Molly, what a mess! And it gets worse: After starting the job (we were out of town, blessedly), our painter determined that the ceilings underneath were not salvageable. So that has necessitated the installation of quarter-inch sheetrock throughout. Have you ever lived amidst drywall mud and dust? Yuck!

Of course, there was also the matter of the furniture and accessories. All had to removed, explaining the sofabed under the tarp on the front porch and two leather recliners sitting out back under our patio cover. We decided to make lemonade out of those lemons and lounged in comfort last night while husband Jim grilled hamburgers!

Would you believe we have shoehorned all the other furniture, including some 12 large packing boxes of accessories and miscellany, into our already-furnished and now stuffed-to-the-gills front guest bedroom?! And that this not-so-young-writer and her equally not-so-young husband packed and moved it all by themselves save three pieces?

We have also installed plastic sheeting across the fronts of all bookcases — and, thanks to my brother Frank and his two most recent visits — at least 25 linear feet of them. With any luck, the sheetrock dust and sawdust won’t be an inch thick all over the contents at the completion of the job.

For now, hubby and I are pretending we live in an efficiency in New York! Our microwave and coffee pot have joined us in his “man cave,” the only room left in the house with comfortable chairs and a TV. A small horizontal surface has become our dry-goods pantry and dish area. And a large Styrofoam cooler is perched on a steno chair in the tiny hall adjacent. One must, after all, have dog food, soda and beer!

At the conclusion of this chapter one of our “Operation Redecoration,” I want to give a shout-out to both the neighbors who generously provided us with even more moving boxes than we could use. And to the two extremely strong gentlemen who came yesterday (Sunday) and in a wink moved an uber-heavy dining room table, 8-foot by 6-foot armoire, and an extremely delicate antique grandfather clock. Without them, the rest of the effort would have been for naught.

Stay tuned…

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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