Eight days ago marked the starting of the grand ceiling and painting project of 2010. David and I have been slowly putting money aside to have the popcorn (and asbestos-laden) ceilings removed from our little 1970’s era home. And this summer enough had accumulated to have the project done. The asbestos removal, it turned out, was the easy part. The removal must be followed by fixing the drywall, texturing, priming, and painting the ceilings. David and I are smart and both work full time (okay, so I don’t quite work full time, but who is counting?) so we hired the painting work out. The asbestos removal took only three days to complete and seemed to go quite smoothly, but when we arrived at the house we were dismayed to find that in order to remove the asbestos and not damage our walls the contractor had put duct tape all over the walls and then had not-so-carefully removed the tape. This left the walls with some duct tape residue as well as removed some of the paint and texturing on the walls. Much to our dismay (and, I will admit, our relief in having the decision sort of made for us) this expanded our painting project from the main areas of our house to our entire house with the exception of the bathrooms (thankfully, popcorn ceiling free although both haven’t seen anything new since 1972 and could probably use a total remodel but that will be a project for another year).
In the interim of the whole mess David and I have been staying with our ever-generous brother (my oldest brother), his wife, and their three-month-old daughter. We had to move everything our of our home and are very thankful for a garage and a small storage room behind it to house our things. It has felt so strange to be displaced from our home for a week and yet still be living here, going to work as usual, etc. I am terribly excited, though, to have our house all painted and better looking! The light pink shiny trim will now be white and the walls will get some color. I will post a few pics of the project later.