So Julie noticed that I hadn't posted about my new decor..... yeah.... I don't know what to say.
We came home on Sunday to find the house in shambles. I guess I wasn't surprised. It's the kind of thing that happens if you are not there when they do the work. But there were issues. Like the mantel wasn't painted white, even though we spelled out both in writing and verbally to everyone involved that all wood other than floor was to be painted. And there were paint spots on the floor, from the lack of drop cloths. The floor was protected in some areas... With strips of the brand new wallpaper! Of which only one strip was up.
It was Sunday, so we made some calls, but no one was picking up. Then we noticed that they used our cute Miele vacuum to clean up after themselves. Clearly my tiny Miele wasn't intended for construction clean up.
For the last 2 days, all we have done is be on the phone. With the owner of the company, the business manager who signed the contract, the supposed-project-manager who was supposed to supervise (but clearly hasn't even stepped in the house) and also signing and speaking in simple sentences with the 3 scary looking Russian Dudes who are doing the work.
Here's the thing: The paint looks great. And the fire place glass tile looks FANTASTIC! But the wallpaper....oh the wallpaper! First, we are short. Although I had bought PLENTY. As in what the wallpaper company told me (including the extra to account for pattern aligning) and an EXTRA roll to keep in the closet because I'm anal about stuff like that. But now, there is 2 full strips missing. And what is up looks like ass. It's crooked vertically AND the pattern isn't aligned horizontally. By over 2 inches. It really looks like ass. At first, I was only pissed at the shoddy seams and the spots where plaster was stuck behind the paper. They stuck the seams down and made a small cut to release the plaster bumps, but when I started to take it all in, the crookedness started to dawn on me. And now it's driving me nuts.
I only see one solution. They have to reorder the paper and redo the whole thing. From scratch. I already ordered 2 rolls to finish the job and have my extra roll. But we'll need to start over. And I'm not sure I want them to do it. I for sure don't want these 3 particular dudes doing it, but I'm not sure I want the contractor anywhere near it either.
We've been waiting for a supervisor to come see for themselves, but they aren't rushing over here.... At this point, we are "ahead" because we only paid a deposit, and while I am happy to pay the painter and tiler, there is no way we are paying a dime for the wallpapering. We'll have to see which option they choose: buy the paper and redo it for us or forget that part of the payment (and a hefty deduction for the price of the wallpaper) and let us find someone else to start over with.
And if this wasn't enough stress for one day, the girls had checkups today. Dumpling needs to have a full blood work up done for possible blood disease that would cause the severe bruising (maybe clotting issues) and BB needs to be watched because her weight/height ratio isn't very good.... the chubbiness, it's starting to be worrisome. We did run into Susan and her girls, which started the visit on a good note. But it ended with Dumpling screaming like a banshee and fighting 3 adults NOT to get a shot.... They heard her screaming outside the building.
In the mean time, no pictures, because it depresses me too much. The only thing that can lift me from this funk is the upcoming evening: chocolate torte, wine, Grey's Anatomy and the gals from the store!