Thursday, October 09, 2008

Out of the Basement

About six years ago we moved my Father in law in with us when he was dying of progressive supraneural palsy. He was not able to walk up and down steps so we moved into the basement of our house and let him have our master bedroom/bathroom area for his "apartment". His bathroom was right above our bed. We slept in sewage more than once, and had to pull up the carpet in our room. We never replaced it and we just covered our bed with plastic because of the potential for future floods. Gil passed away and I told my wife I'd remodel the master bedroom for her before we moved back in. Unfortunately in the past three years I've taken some big hits financially and money for carpet, a new mattress and bed, moving the closet door, and not to mention the TIME to do it all just wasn't there. But a few months ago I happened on an estate sale and got a magnificent "California-king" 4 poster bed frame and night stands for 400.00. A few weeks ago we found a virtually brand new 1,200.00 mattress on Craig's list for 200.00. I had a job last week at a house where they pulled up nearly new and VERY nice carpet and they gave it to me. And I got paid, AND I had 3 days off. So, I retextured, painted, moved the closet door and rewired the lights, put in 5 inch Victorian baseboard, Bill (my radio buddy) laid the carpet for us, I bought curtains, a new light, bedding, lamps and we moved upstairs Sunday night.

My wife is a saint for living in a ten by twelve brick bare walled room with a concrete floor for so long. Baby, this bed's for you.

10 comments:

Fr. James Early said...

Nice. "Things come to those who wait!"

Philippa said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Job well done.

Check out "freecycle" for your area in yahoo groups. Items are "sought" and "offered" for free. I just "sought" and was "given" a Panasonic RR930 microcassette transcription machine ($250+ new) for nothing. And the "giver" brought it to my home!

s-p said...

Oh, yeah...we're all over Freecycle.
Our house is a freecycle revolving door. :)

Anonymous said...

And my husband is a saint for working his regular jobs and then coming home and working non-stop demo-ing, rebuilding, retexturing and painting in preparation for the carpet to be laid Friday night.

I don't know how he does it.

Wifey is grateful and very pleased. :-)

Mairs said...

Nicely done! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing your success with us! And memory eternal to your fil, Tad and I were just discussing your posts about him the other day as we had a long car ride together - very inspiring to the rest of us! (the posts, that is , not the car ride)

Fr. Christian Mathis said...

very nice job! I am sure that you are both happy. Now what are you going to do with the basement?

s-p said...

Ah... the basement. One bedroom became my studio/office, the living room is a storage area for several people's stuff we've inherited, one bedroom has become a walk in closet, our former room is now my son's room and the other will become his office and a guest room. Yeah, its big. And a mess. My wife would kill me if I posted pictures of it.

brian s said...

Hope this doesn't violate blogger etiquette, but I am looking for a Steven Robinson that authored "Ten Tales of Grace". Are you that Steven Robinson?

s-p said...

Hi Brian, I wrote "Lord of the Hunt and Other Tales of Grace" published in 1991. A couple of the stories are here in the early archives of my blog. If those are them, I'm that person.

Caldonia Sun said...

You did a great job! I'm sure your wife is lovin' it.