Oh, how wrong I was.
Things I Learned While Re-Doing Meg's Room
1. Carpet hides a multitude of sins. Nope, not just bad wood or paint. In some cases, as I learned, carpet can be used to fill in gaps between the wall and the floor. Behold, our portal to hell, er, the basement:
For a second I was thinking I would just knock a little more out and put in a laundry chute, but Ryan convinced me it would probably be better to have it fixed instead. He's so fancy.
2. There is no such thing as "just refinishing a floor." Refinishing a floor is a brutal endeavor that tries a person's soul and destroys their faith in humanity -- especially if they have to deal with carpet staples. I had to pull up about a million of them. There were so many I actually considered calling the guy who sold us the house and suggesting he get on medication for OCD.
3. It is possible to punch yourself in the face. Once again with the carpet staples. I was pulling them out with a pair of needle nose pliers and one just wouldn't budge. So, I pulled harder, and harder -- and hit myself in the jaw. Up until that point I was sure I was a weakling, but damn, I can pack a wallop. I'm not starting a fight with myself any time soon.
4. Wet paint is a magnet for cats and toddlers. It does not matter how many doors are closed, or gates are set up, toddlers and cats will reach the wet paint and get into it. Oh, and if it is on the floor (as this was), they will then track it through the rest of the house.
5. IKEA is Swedish for "frustrating." That is the only way to explain the fact they expect you to build an entire bookcase with just your bare hands and a mutant allen wrench. Oh, and little wooden pegs. Let's not forget those.
6. There is always something more to do. Meg's room looks great now. It's a room she can play in and access all of the things she needs with ease, and without the possibility of hurting herself. Her bed is toddler ready, and the carpet that apparently had been used as a litter box by our old cat is no more. However, now all I can see are the walls that badly need to be re-plastered and painted, and the carpet in the other bedroom that needs to be replaced. Also, we should probably redo the hardwood floors in the front of the house.
Maybe we should just move.
Nah, Meg would miss her room too much. And packing would DEFINITELY take longer than just a week.