Our patchwork started on Monday and, if all goes well, should be done by the end of the week! While this is a very messy part of the process (I can't believe how much dust there is already!), it's also essential to us getting settled in.
You see, once this is done, we can prime the spots (we were told this was a good idea to help contain some of the settling dust), give the house a thorough wash from top to bottom and then unpack. It will be a real pleasure to no longer be living out of plastic wrapped boxes!
I'm trying to focus on the fact that I can no longer see into my walls (yay!) to stem the panic from the mess. I mean, everyone warned me that it would be messy. I was prepared for messy. Yet despite the many warnings, I was in no way mentally or emotionally prepared for the sheer quantity of dust (not to mention the annoyance of a few leftover snippets of cord that I keep finding with my feet from the electrical work).
While I keep reassuring myself that everything will be worth it in the end, it's hard to keep that in perspective when you're living in it. I moved into a clean, lovely home with stunning hardwood floors. And, in an effort to perform the necessary wiring upgrades, I've turned it into a plastic and plaster-covered mess. Every room will need a serious scrub and some degree of repainting. While it is a good chance to change up the colours and put our own personal stamp on it, the realization that I've made the house look worse than it did when we bought it is rather depressing.
As despondent as I sound, I know I'll feel 100 times better come Friday when the house is safe, insurance-friendly and on the way to being clean (though I fear that's going to be a very, very long process!). If we have to live with a few primer patches here and there while we slowly choose paint colours to make everything look polished and put-together, we can deal. In the meantime, the LCBO strike deadline has been extended, and there's nothing better than a glass of wine on the deck to make me forget about all the stresses indoors!