Friday, July 24, 2009

Mirror, Mirror off the Wall

Our new house actually is not new but was built in 1977. We have been in the process of making changes in the house to make it our home. When we first viewed the house, there were three changes that came to mind. First, we wanted to do something to make the fireplace safe for visiting grandchildren. Second, we were determined to remove the ugly wallpaper in the bathroom. Third, the mirrored wall in the living room had to go.
I know that the mirrors make the room LOOK BIGGER; however, the effect is an illusion.
The mirrored wall actually limit where you can place furniture in the room.

Having the mirrored wall removed became a problem. Since this was glass, Daddy D and I decided to have the mirrors removed rather than making the removal a Ma and Pa Do-It-Yourself Project. Finding someone who does this type of work was easier than I first imagined. Glass and mirror businesses apparently routinely are asked to remove wall to ceiling mirrors like ours. However, finding someone to actually come to the house and take down the mirrors did prove to be a problem. I contacted five different local companies to remove the glass. Three of the businesses agreed to send a representative to give an estimate on the job. The first company failed to show up for three different appointments. Two other companies did not even commit to a specific time to look a the job. Glass Doctor guaranteed an email response in thirty minutes, but we never heard from the good doctor. Finally, a local company, MPI Glass, met me within twenty minutes, looked at the job, and gave an estimate. The next day early in the morning, the man and his son were at the house, had the mirrors off the walls, and carted away the glass in less than 30 minutes.

The man from MPI Glass efficiently removing the mirrors.

Our painter, Marco, preparing the walls for painting.

After the mirrors were removed, this allowed us to continue with other renovations. The same day, my husband and a friend replaced the drywall behind the mirrors. Our painter taped the drywall and then painted the living room. Then, we had the carpets cleaned. However, the delay in the mirror removal slowed our renovations. But finally, we are moving forward and are scheduled to move on Wednesday, July 29th.


Faye said...

Good decision to remove the wall mirror, Molly! After all, who wants to look at themselves in full length surround mirror unless they're practicing for ballet recital? :-)

Good luck with 7/29 move--hope you have nice weather and no unpleasant surprises on first night in new home. If I were a bit closer would bring you a welcome to neighborhood casserole!

✩Molly✩ said...

wow. such an ordeal. Growing up, my parents always had mirrors all over the place... I think it is because we lived in a dark space, and mirrors magnify light, their bedroom has mirrors in the upper half of the wall (eep! mental image)

Good luck with he move! Can't wait to see pics of you all moved in!

karisma said...

How strange to have all those mirrors there in the first place! I bet its going to look so much better when you are finished. Happy renovating! Can't wait to see the results. Hugs xxx

WT said...

Looking good! Can't wait to see more photos.

ChrisB said...

How odd to have a mirror wall in the living room. Look forward to seeing some more pictures when you move in.

Margaret said...

I'm not a fan of mirrors, especially hotel rooms that have them on the walls or on the back of the bathroom door. Eek. I'm glad that you found someone to come and remove them; it surprises me that so many businesses were UN-businesslike. They are scrambling for clients these days! I can't wait to see the finished photos!

daddy d said...

The mirror guys that DID the work were a joy to watch. They knew what to do and DID it right away. Such people are the salt of the earth. The others are not that much NaCl. It did all come together after the mirrors were gone. Dry wall and painting happen right away thanks to the guys we know, Marco and Jim.

Nessa said...

You would think with the economy so bad you would get better service but it hasn't happened. I can't wait to see the finished product.

Pamela said...

You would think with the economy the way it is those folk would be jumping to do the job.

Did any of them every call back?