The contractor starts work at 9 this morning. Project One: remove this giant mirrored wall, repair/replace the drywall behind the mirror, repair damaged section of ceiling at the corner of the fireplace, and repaint the entire room.
This is going to be the worst part of the various home-fixing projects that must be done before I move. The leak that caused the damage was repaired last winter, but I wanted to make sure it was truly fixed before doing the interior work. After I found someone I liked to do the work, we had to coordinate our schedules around my trip to Asheville and then her own vacation, so the work starts today.
Managing the rest of life while this work is in progress is going to be a challenge. This is the main (actually, only) living area in the house, and keeping the dogs corralled and myself out of the way is going to be tricky, so I'm glad we're starting with the worst of the projects first. The cats and their dishes will be exiled to the garage - they won't mind, they hang out there a lot anyway. The dogs will have to spend a lot of time in their crates or closed up in my bedroom, and they are going to HATE it, because if anything is going on in his house Murphy MUST supervise. I am not looking forward to this, but I AM looking forward to seeing this room transformed. The current colors have been on the walls since my husband painted it in...1997-ish? Way too long. The room will be repainted in a creamy light beige, with sage green below the chair rail, and will look fresh and updated and new, both for my future tenants and any future buyer, on down the road next year.
Bye-bye, old living room!