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Not that we've had much winter here--it's been extraordinarily sunny, cold and dry--but there's something about Imbolc-Setsubun-Candlemas-Groundhog Day that really does feel like the season turning its face towards spring.

The urge to fling open the doors and windows and start sprucing the place up hit me right on schedule, and after ages of dithering, today was suddenly the right moment to paint the window trim in my bedroom prior to installing the Roman shade I've been half-heartedly working on for several weeks.

Paint is never just paint, of course. There was masking and scraping and screw removal and spackling. Then I thought, you know, I hate this carpet...

So I got out the utility knife and started in the corner. I hacked out a square meter or so of what was once, circa 1997, plush pearl-gray carpet and has inexorably become a disgusting mess, removed the padding under it, pried up the tack-strips holding it down, and pulled several random staples and nails.

A corner of DarkEm's bedroom with the carpeting cut out and removed, exposing a damaged wood floor

Disposal is one of many hurdles making this project feel insurmountable, but there's been this monster drop box across the street at the infill house construction site, making the street ugly for weeks now, so what the hey.

very large brown drop box in front of a big new house, with a chunk of old carpeting teetering on its edge

I figure I can clear a section at a time, starting with the furniture-free expanses and moving, as enthusiasm dictates, to the part where I actually have to move my bed and deal with everything underneath it.

Then, because the floor really is as bad as I remember, I'm going to paint it--white, I think.

Meanwhile, I did paint the window trim. The Roman shade is sewn and glued together and just waiting for my brain to figure out the logistics of mounting it.

I think I'll demolish the closet next.

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Feb. 3rd, 2014 11:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing pics! What a daunting task, but once it's started, it's bound to move along nicely. Can't wait to see the finished room!
Feb. 4th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
I hope it won't daunt me to the point of perpetual unfinishedness, which is the fate of a lot of my big ideas. Hopefully, a "bit at a time" approach will get me there.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 12:00 pm (UTC)
"Then, because the floor really is as bad as I remember, I'm going to paint it--white, I think."

Pictures, when this part is done? :)
Feb. 4th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
But of course!

Seriously, the prospect of posting pictures--especially before-during-after project photos--is a lot of what makes me keep going on big efforts like this. It's the next best thing to being accountable to someone.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 03:51 pm (UTC)
Ach, you are just my *hero*!! Go, you brave and bold woman, you!
Feb. 4th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
Hah! Well, one square meter down and, um, some number [*does the math*...*Googles*] thirteen more to go...quite a few of them under furniture. So we'll see.
Feb. 3rd, 2014 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm impressed by the idea of removing the carper piecemeal! Very sensible, to avoid massive furniture moving.

But I have to say that I'm not feeling spring, or the urge to spring-clean, at all yet.

I'm intrigued by the reference to glue in connection with the Roman shade! I'm glad it's finished, and look forward to photos eventually.
Feb. 4th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
The consensus of Youtube instructions is that you glue the battens (aka the ribs) onto the wrong side of the decorative fabric, using something called Gem-Tack. It's the stuff used to glue sparkly rhinestones onto T-shirts. Apparently it's waterproof and very durable, so that's what I've used.

Adhesive technologies have come a long way since my early sewing and crafting days. This stuff is amazing.
Feb. 4th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
Goodness. When I made them (I was going to say "in my day" but that made me sound like a very old person) one sewed little pockets for the ribs. Gem-Tack sounds useful!
Feb. 4th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
Meant to mention: of course, it snowed today. First time all season. LOL!
Feb. 4th, 2014 08:51 am (UTC)
So all this activity turns out to be a sort of snow dance? We still haven't had snow; barely even a frost. Lots and lots and lots of rain, though.

Edited at 2014-02-04 08:52 am (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2014 06:12 am (UTC)
Snow dance. Yeah, that must have been it!

Usually we have the worst of real winter in December and January, but this year it seems to have held off till February. Brr!
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Feb. 4th, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Leopard spots must have looked really cool (and been whoa, a lot of work). Zebra would definitely be in keeping with my black and white theme!
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