Battle of the Weekend Projects

Battle of the Weekend Projects

Colleen Quinn
May 28, 2010

So we have a long weekend approaching, and rather than heading off to the beach, my family will be engaged in home improvement projects. The problem is we have two biggish projects and probably only the time and energy for one, especially as my sister is also packing in preparation for her upcoming move (still no apartment though!) Given the level of expertise here on the site, we thought perhaps you could advise us about which project should be the lucky winner.

Repainting Mom's Room: After this winter's drainpipe debacle, Mom's bedroom had to be replastered, a project the building finally completely. Though they offered to fix the paint as well, we opted out based on previous experience with sloppily applied color paint. Since we have to paint anyway, we're also changing the color- this bright green was never quite right, and after living with it for a couple of years, Mom is looking for a change.

New Countertop in Mom's Kitchen: Mom has been dreaming of a new countertop for years, one where crumbs and clothes aren't trapped by that horrible metal edging. We found that our local bix bog retailer sells premade pieces of countertop at reasonable prices. Though we'll have to cut it down to fit Mom's non-standard 1920s cabinets, it is still dramatically less expensive than a custom piece. Installing it however means taking down the large upper cabinet which basically rests on it at the moment. The bulding installed this counter some 20+ years ago, and probably would install the replacement as well, but since this one is non level and has created an inch-wide gap at the top where the cabinet meets the wall, again we think we're better off on our own.

Mom rents, but since she has been in this building for over 37 years, making a few improvements is well worth the effort. Given our time constraints, which project do you think we should tackle? Vote below and share your reasons in the comments- inquiring minds want to know...

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