I’m getting my floors refinished! That’s the good news.
Better news: I don’t have to get on my hands and knees and sand the floors myself.
The bad news? We have to move four rooms of furniture and appliances somewhere else. I honestly don’t know where we’re going to put everything.
If we put the car outside, I guess we could put the bulk of the furniture in the garage, but I have a few delicate and HEAVY pieces that I’d like to move in as short a distance as possible. I also have to box up a ton of delicate figurines and decor that have to be stored separately and carefully.
For the last few days, we’ve been slowly boxing or dismantling things to move. I’m hoping the refinishers will help us move the really heavy pieces.
The refinishing will take at least three days, maybe four depending on when we can move the furniture back. We’ll have to leave the house entirely for the last two days because the fumes from the varnish will make it unlivable. I’m hoping I can find a pet friendly hotel nearby.
The first day won’t be so bad. I plan to make coffee and coffeecake for us and the refinishers. We can do cold sandwiches later in the day. But once the first coat of varnish goes down, we’ll have no access to the kitchen, or any other part of the house except for Greg’s study.
This puts a small kink in my No Spend January because we’ll be without a kitchen for three days, so we’ll have to eat out. I think the best fix I can do for that is to tack on one more week of no spending in February to make up for January.
Update on No Spend January: We’re actually doing quite well on our goal. Greg hasn’t complained at all. Once this is all over I’ll give a better account of where the pros and cons came in.
Have you ever had any remodeling where you had to leave your home? Did you book a hotel, or did you stay with friends/family?
Greg is not happy about leaving the house unattended, but we have no choice. There’s no way we can stay in a house with fumes. I’m particularly sensitive to chemical odors so there’s a chance even 24 hours won’t be enough for me.
I have posts planned for later this week, but I’m not sure if I’ll publish them because I probably won’t have access to a computer while the house is in disarray. So if you don’t hear from me, that’s why.