I had intended to do inside home projects over the winter — the long, excruciating, sub-zero winter we had here. That didn’t happen because when I got home from my old retail job, I had limited time, or was too tired to move. Let’s face it, I’m not a spring chicken anymore. And that wasn’t helping my gumption. Now I have time! And energy!
Project One: I am going to remove the tissue-paper wall treatment in the family room and prepare to paint. That tissue has been there since before 2001 when we bought this house. It catches dust. It is an outdated look. I would like a different color after all this time, and the texture is not going to help that. It has to go.
Here’s the plan: tackling one wall at a time, starting with a 7″ entry wall, I’ll work on this during the evenings while watching “my shows.” This entry area includes two other narrow walls, so it isn’t an overwhelming project to start. It gets lots of natural light, which it gets later and later now, anyway.
I will work around the room, systematically, removing window coverings and wall hangings for as brief periods as possible, to provide least disruption. I expect it will take several weeks. There is some big and very heavy furniture in other parts of the family room, which will be a factor in getting the job done. There is also some caulking around the baseboards, window mouldings, and built-in cabinets that will affect the job in those areas. I will access my patience and just plug away. After everything is removed, I’ll address wall prep and paint.
Because I am making my own schedule now, I am able to address this project in a purposeful way. I start next week, that’s the plan. (Only because this is a big birthday weekend at our home.) I’ll be gathering my tools and keeping them in a big bucket in the family room, so there’s not really any good excuse not to do it. “Let the games begin!”
Project Two: The landscape edging throughout the property has been in dire need of attention for a very long time.
Missing couplers, rising edging, failed “fast fixes.” Also this, indicative of maintenance and age.
I’ve calculated the cost for materials from Menard’s. I’ll be repairing and reusing as much of the original as possible. It will require some intense digging. So I will be working in small sections, one bed at a time. I might be working on weekends and evenings when DH can help me with the digging. This promises to be a season-long project, with materials purchased as needed.
Along the house on the side yard (same side as the sidewalk), I plan to extend the bed to allow for the growth of the plants there. It’s quite cramped right now, and cutting back the shrubs still doesn’t provide relief. Also, we’ve been talking forever about planting some screen plants in front of the dining room windows there, and extra bed space is definitely important for that.
Project Three: Oh, that retaining wall! It is on our radar in a big way. It requires a large fund. Until we pay off the yard loan from last year’s work, we cannot even think about contracting this out. I do visit the area and plan “what ifs” occasionally. I did pull up county records and find the property line; it is in our favor for the work that needs to be done, but I don’t think our next-door neighbor knows it yet. (He’s planning on having his fence replaced very soon, so this will come up.)
That’s it. That’s all I’m going to put on the agenda for this year. Yes, other things will come up, I know it. But these are my plans. One inside, one outside, one being saved for professionals. Works for me.