Wed 12 Dec 2007
The apartment renovation really went smoothly looking back on it. They finished on time, cleaned up their mess, were pleasant to deal with and didn’t go bankrupt, always a plus. They even cleaned my windows, something which will always brighten my day.
I haven’t taken an photos because we’ve run into a bit of a snag. It involves the TV/bookcase unit that we bought at IKEA. We didn’t think of looking at how the display we saw was put together when we purchased it so, after we put all of the individual components together, we discovered that a heavy middle section was only going to hang in space with the four little screws given us to attach to the bookshelves on either side. I could see it could all come crashing down on top of the TV. Maurice called the helpful guys there and they said it all had to be bolted into the wall. Sigh.
I dearly love Maurice and he has many wonderful qualities but carpentry isn’t one of them. I’ve seen his handywork up close and personal in our place in Provence. I went to the hardware store with him and I could tell he wanted to get some god awful, huge metal bracket things to hold up the middle section. I don’t want to see metal bits sticking out here and there. So, right now, the unit is sitting there in its individual pieces while we decide what to do. Another problem is than it doesn’t fit flush up against the wall because of the floor boards and Maurice wants to saw out parts of the book case at the base so it will. I see trouble ahead. Plus, he thinks I can hold the middle section up-it weighs a good 75 pounds-while he bolts it to the wall. I’d like to hire a carpenter type person to do this but Maurice wants to do it himself. I wonder if IKEA would come pick up the whole thing and take it back?
So, instead of photos of our finished apartment, I posted photos of this intriguing covering of a building that is undergoing renovation. It is near the George V hotel, a very posh area, so they can’t just throw up any old ratty thing to cover it but put up something that must have cost a lot of money. Just up the street is Louis Vuitton which, while they were renovating, had a giant suitcase covering that unsightly renovation work.