Do not look for a FOR SALE sign soon.
We are conflicted. . . as well we should be living and raising a family in this house these past 20 years. Nevertheless, whatever the outcome, my date and I have both agreed -- there are things that need updating around the Nine-One-Four. And so we have new floors, countertop, appliances.
We tackled the living room shutters this weekend. Or they tackled us, depending on how you look at it.
Actually the cocker spaniel did NOT come with the house. He belonged to the Incredibly Dour Lady Lawyer renting the Nine-One-Four at the time of purchase. He was thankfully removed from the house when we finally moved in.
Over the years, we have mostly tamed the our little Lost-in-the-Seventies cottage. I've even documented a couple of these sorties here. But the shutters remained. . . until this weekend.
These were not Pottery Barn-type shutters. They were 70s shutters -- tight, narrow and impossible to clean. Grimy, stained (don't ask) and a mausoleum to numerous dead insects (don't judge), these shutters also refused to open uniformly -- with at least a half dozen slats always going the opposite direction of the others when we attempted to bring a little more light into the living room.
Can you feel the shutter love here?
And so it was I had a vision: The windows flanking the fireplace are tall and narrow -- how 'bout one curtain panel, some curtain rings (for that Hip Metro Look, right?) and a simple, understated curtain rod?
How 'bout not.
It took about 45 minutes of my date wrangling with the Nine-One-Four's near-impenetrable lathe-and-plaster walls to get the first curtain up -- and to determine it was all wrong.
There was marital terseness. ** sound of crickets **
We then ditched the curtain rings, Hip Metro Look and tried two curtain panels simply gathered on the rod.
Much better. The sun came out, birds sang. . . .
And I got in the car and made the 30-minute drive to the big-box store on the far north side town to get two more curtain panels.
The second rod went up, the first panel attached and. . .
The second panel was. . .
About 21 inches too short.
|The packaging earnestly tried to convince us |
both panels were each 84 inches.
Sunday -- you guessed it --I got in the car and made the 30-minute drive to the big-box store on the far north side of town to exchange one short curtain panel for a long one.