November 5, 2010

Feathering my nest

Posted in Home Improvement, pregnancy at 8:16 am by bethmillett

There’s been a flurry of activity at my house lately. Some would say it’s nesting, but it’s actually a long chain reaction of events. It all began with Tazzy, the cat who peed all over the living room. Once she moved on to greener pastures in July, I needed to replace the carpet in the living room/dining room.

And if I was going to do that, I should replace the carpet on the stairs.

And if I did that, based on the width of the carpet stock, I was buying enough carpet to do the upstairs hallway (which is sporting a nice iron-shaped blemish from where I dropped, well, and iron.)

And if I’m going to do the hallway, I might as well do the four bedrooms upstairs so I don’t have a seam where the two different types of carpeting meet up.

I also had to treat and seal the concrete slab under the living room carpet so that any residual cat pee smells would not permeate the new carpet. So, for the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a very industrial-style living room, with exposed concrete floors.

Then, there was a list of things that should be done before the new carpeting goes in. For the last six years, I have been meaning to paint the stair balusters and handrails to match the paint color I’ve used on the rest of the trim in the house, but painting around the carpeting posed a bit of a problem.

Then Mom suggested that I replace the colonial balusters and newel posts with something more sleek and modern. Okay, so I’ll tear that out and have the handyman rebuild it (doing repairs and painting myself).

Then, she also suggested that we (and by “we,” she meant me) tear out the closet in the guest bedroom, patch the drywall and instead use small dressers as nightstands and an armoire for hanging clothes. Great idea! But that had to be done before the carpet, so the new carpet could fill in holes where the closet was removed. That means new baseboards in the guest bedroom.

My mother is my enabler. And don’t worry, I have plenty of great friends who have helped me with the heavy work.

I printed out two months’ worth of weekly calendars and filled in all my social and work obligations, and then started planning the cascade effect of what needed to be done. It’s been going pretty much on schedule, except that Home Depot is now five days late on their promise to have the new balusters and newel posts. I’m now under the gun to get them painted since the handyman arrives at 7 a.m. on Monday to start the staircase project. And today and tomorrow are tied up with the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon — so I think I have to squeeze in a late night or early morning to get the first coat on.

So, watch for some posts with photos and details soon! I’ve been meaning to write for a while now, but I’ve (understandably) been a little wiped out lately! I’m tired just reading the list!


  1. Jeff Pipkin said,

    Not to rain on your home renovation / repairs parade, but I thought of something you may want to keep in mind. I believe by building code standards (Erin’s dad is Mooresville’s building inspector) for a room to be considered a bedroom it must have a closet. By walling yours up that bedroom would be technically considered just a bonus room. This may become a problem if you were to ever have to sell your place.

  2. bethmillett said,

    Jeff, yes, I thought of that. I figure I’ll be in this house for quite some time, so if I have to worry about putting a closet back in 10 years, my parents will have been comfortable in that guest bedroom for plenty of years and it will be worth it. But thanks for thinking of that!

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