apparently a few people still check this thing, so i figured since i have a free minute here at work and we had indicated we would do our best to keep it up, why not post again? so, here goes. not sure what to post about. that's the problem with blogs, as far as i see it. unless you comment on political events or have a specific focus, how do you know what to write? i fear my lack of inspiration is not limited to the blogosphere. unlike jon, i've never managed to do the nano writing month thing. i just never seem inspired to sit down and write. and i'm not particularly creative. hey, maybe that's why i'm so late in getting out our thank you cards, too. if you're reading this and you haven't gotten a thank you card yet for a wedding gift, you will get one. before the end of the year. i promise. and i also promise we love whatever you got us - the tardiness of the thank you bears no relation to the sincerity of the (forthcoming) sentiment.
i guess i could give a condo update. what a saga this has become. so, i think we're over the hump in terms of the tough things are finished. we (read: jon) sanded the walls. i don't know how many square feet of walls he sanded by hand but i do know that it took nearly an entire day to scrub everything down, sweep, mop and remove the layer of wall dust that had settled throughout the condo. let me tell you, if you're wondering whether this was fun, it wasn't. not at all. i'm not sure how many trips it took jon to home depot. if i were to ballpark it, i'd say 314. has anyone ever just made ONE trip to home depot per project? is that even possible? (as an aside, we didn't make it to bed bath and beyond, we just didn't have the time). and then of course we (read: me) washed, primed, and applied two coats of paint to the walls. a perfectly bland and apparently buyer friendly color (which i'm told is the "new white" - what does that mean anyway?) - plantation beige. and then we (read: me) painted the baseboards. according to our real estate agent, the white baseboards will make the plantation beige walls "pop". i'm pretty sure that's a good thing. although, i'm not convinced that anything - even something as exciting and awesome as a white baseboard - can make plantation beige (the new white!) "pop". but i'll take the expert's word for it. it looks nice, i will say that.
and then we had to clear out a bunch of our stuff so that the place looks lived in, but not too much so. we cleared out rugs, chairs, desks, books, bookcases, kitchen appliances.... all sorts of things. and we boxed it all up, chucked it in a uhaul, hauled it to either goodwill or jon's grandmother's house where we unloaded it into her basement, which she has kindly allowed us to use as a storage facility.
then came the painting of the spare room. goodbye to the canary yellow that jon loved so much. hello antique white. the yellow was much much nicer, but apparently a discerning buyer may be put off by it. i'm not sure i agree with that, but again, we blindly did whatever our real estate agent told us to do. given the market, i guess we figured we'd take everything she said as gospel, because what IF she's right. what if we had a buyer willing to take the place BUT FOR the canary yellow paint? seems highly unlikely, but you figure you do everything to make the place move as fast as possible. even if it means catering to that one in a million curmudgeon who had a bad experience with a canary years ago. jon did much of the painting in the spare room, i focused on the edges and the non-roller areas. he hates painting more than i do (i actually like it, the whole instant gratification thing... but that of course means that i like the first coat better than the second because the results are more immediately noticeable) so i figured i'd do the harder areas. again, the room looks perfectly pleasant. no character, but pleasant enough. i guess that's the goal.
and then we've done other random things... caulked the bathtub, affixed a fallen tile from around the fireplace, placed logs in the fireplace for effect, replaced a light fixture, had the sliding door fixed so that one doesn't have to have hulk-like strength to open it, fixed a few non-functional outlets,.... and generally cleaned the place up. it looks good.
are we finished, you may ask? is the condo up for sale, you may wonder. sadly, no on both counts.
our last hurdle is the unassuming wall to the left of the stove in the kitchen. it has a few cooking splash marks. not surprising given its proximity to the burners on which we boil and simmer sauces that occasionally splash up. during the walk-through of the condo, the real estate agent told us to cut our losses on the kitchen paint job and just clean the walls and leave the rest of the kitchen alone. whew. loved that advice. because the kitchen walls have the same lacquer-type finish on them as the living room/hallway walls did, primer wouldn't stick to them either and we'd have had to sand. the prospect of moving the appliances and sanding all the nooks and crannies of the kitchen just is unimaginable to me. good thing that the color of the kitchen walls is apparently less offensive than the former color in the living room/hallway. so we decided our real estate agent was the smartest, wisest woman ever and we just had to clean the walls and move on. no problem.
oh wait, problem. we've tried EVERYTHING to get this crap off. we tried regular soap, heavy duty strength soap, some white sponge magic wall eraser thing, which - according to its advertising - removes 99% of wall stains. if you're wondering exactly what kind of stains fall into the 1% - at the very least, we can attest to the fact that the magic wall eraser does not magically erase food stains on venetian plaster walls. the stains have soaked into the wall. awesome.
so, we informed the real estate agent of our dilemma, to which she replied that we needed to repaint the walls. the woman is crazy and doesn't know what she's talking about, we decide. without the slightest hesitation, we simultaneously said - no fricking way. we will not sand. we will not prime. we will not paint. i do not like green eggs and ham.
instead, we're doing our own thing. i don't care about that one in a million buyer anymore. i have my own sanity to worry about. now, we haven't run our idea by the real estate agent, but what does she know anyway? plantation beige. we're putting up a splash guard type thing and covering the offending marks. sounds easy enough. and we decide we'll use self-adhesive vinyl tile. again, so easy.
too easy, apparently. we hung up six tiles on sunday. we were so proud of ourselves. high fives all 'round. the pats on the back were short lived and the pride quickly evaporated when, in less than an hour, there were only 3 tiles on the wall and 3 on the ground, down the side of the stove. sweet. so now we have to glue those things up and put some sort of border around it so that it doesn't look like what it is, a cover up job. we have to make it look like we wanted to have vinyl tile on our walls. indeed, who doesn't want vinyl tile on their kitchen walls? it's the new white. or is it the new plantation beige? so, we're trying again tonight. adding more tile, adding some to the back of the stove area now, putting up a border, using construction adhesive to get the stuff to stay. forever. and we'll make trip number 389 to home depot tonight. fingers crossed that this works. i'm sure jon will post our efforts to flickr.
so there you go, that's my condo update.