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Chaos reigns

Today I nudged my bedroom project past the point of no return: I completely emptied what's left of the closet. There is no rail, there are no shelves. No hooks, no drawers, no bedside tables, no reading lamps, and no horizontal surfaces left in the room except the bed itself.

My hanging clothes are on a rickety portable rack (which is doing double-duty as a curtain in front of one of my denuded windows). My shoes are in the living room. My socks and gloves and underwear (the drawers drawers) are in the kitchen. My couch is piled with linens and pillows, folded shirts, luggage, giveaways and to-be-solds. Paintings are stacked against the walls.

I absolutely have to push forward with my plan now because this chaos will soon make me crazy.

The closet is astonishingly overbuilt--two-by-fours and super-long nails and massive 3/4" plywood. I exhausted myself and my hand-strength today deconstructing it. The condition of the underlying surfaces--floor, walls, and ceiling--is worse than I'd hoped, and crow-barring the wood off is damaging it further. The drywall and plaster guy is going to have some real work to do.

The closet, empty, with structural lumber showing
O hollow, hollow, hollow!

Meanwhile, my neighbor--half of the very kind couple who rescued Dean of Sam and Dean the Stray Cats, so you know he's good people--stopped by today to look the job over. He didn't see any major problems with my plan.

Unbeknownst to me, he's a builder (I had him down as a landscaper), so his opinion really counts. And he has guys--electrical guys, drywall guys, carpenter guys--who will give me a fair deal, and now I have phone numbers! Plus, neighbor himself said he'd pitch in on the electrical if need be.

Tomorrow is a day of hand-rest, so I think I'll use the time to start ordering stuff online. One way or another, I guess I'm in it now.

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Feb. 27th, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
I wondered when I read the words "The drywall and plaster guy is going to have some real work to do", because I was sure you'd said you weren't going to do anything about the drywall. But then all became clear when your neighbour appeared later in the post! Such serendipity proves it is all meant to be...

Maybe you'd better clear the couch, as I suspect you're going to need to sleep on it soon! (Unless there's room to put your bed into your living room?)

By the way, the phrase "My socks and gloves and underwear" reminded me of a time when all ladies wore gloves and hats whenever they went out, and not to keep them warm.
Feb. 27th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
In an unlimited-money scenario, I'd have all the interior wall surfaces replaced with fresh new perfect drywall--the proverbial gut-it-to-the-studs scenario. That's far, far out of my reach, of course, so I've learned to live with the "character" of rough, pitted, cracked, bowed and generally ugly old lath-and-plaster.

Tearing out the closet has revealed (and caused) some surface problems too big to call "charming" or to be spackled by me, hence the professional help.

One of the limitations of this little house is that the living room is too small for a full-sized couch. My two-seater wouldn't sleep a child. I might be able to squeeze my mattress onto the floor if I shove everything back to the walls and maybe put one chair outdoors on the porch. It'll certainly motivate me to get the bedroom done!
Feb. 27th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
ooooh, having a contact like your neighbor is invaluable!
Feb. 27th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm feeling very blessed right about now. It's not that I'm depending on free help out of the kindness of strangers (though free help is welcome!), but the peace of mind from personal references is wonderful.
Feb. 27th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
This looks like a pain in the ass, but awesome, and very sustainable (other than in terms of Conservation of Ass...)

Feb. 27th, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Conservation of ass is one of my criteria, definitely. Or, to be more accurate, conservation of my hands. I'm pretty sure I'll go with latex, and console myself by biking the leftovers to the paint-recycling center.
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