I took down one small cabinet (one that ought presumably to be over a refrigerator, but wasn’t) to see to what level of plasterwork hell I was letting myself in for once all the old cabinets were out. Eh – not too heinous – yet (though those are some lovely bits of hardboard sticking to the wall).
But first things first – the floor. I need to find out if the wood that’s below the tile (and probably a layer of hardboard, two layers of lino and goodness knows what else) is salvageable (it was in the living room, dining room and hall – but that’s no guarantee of success here). If I have to install new flooring, that will affect the rest of my (miniscule) budget).
With a cold chisel in one hand and a hammer in the other on Friday morning, I was literally seconds away from breaking out the first tile when my phone chimed with a text. It was my realtor; “Could a couple who’d seen the house in the fall come see it again on Sunday?”
I came to a screeching stop on the tile work, then had to scurry to patch and paint the plaster (and the exposed “wood” on the cabinet against which the removed one had hung). Oh – and there was a massive pile of towels, bath mats and sheets to wash because I’ve just said goodbye to the house guests I’d had for almost a week.
So of course, my dryer belt snapped. The new one I had to order will arrive in 5-10 business days. (Thank goodness for kind neighbors and the use of their fancy new dryer.)
So on one hand, the timing was good, by seconds – the tile is all still in place. I wouldn’t have been able to mitigate the ugly had that text come minutes later.
On the other hand, the timing bites – I’m off work until the first Monday in January, and had planned to use that time to pull all the hanging cabinets and demo the floor down to the original wood.
So unless today’s viewers make an extremely quick decision, I find myself with a few days free. If only I could remember where I stashed my dissertation research…and if only I could recall a damn thing about it. I think it has something to do with Shakespeare?