Operation “move Eliza” is in full swing now. Once we’d sucked down our morning coffee, Saturday morning was a blur of moving furniture. We emptied our bedroom of dressers, Zelda, her kennel and all the area rugs to make way for Eliza. Eliza’s crib and changing table are now in our room, where she will hopefully be safe while her room gets a complete makeover. Every single item has been removed from Eliza’s room, right down to the wall outlet covers.
I have spent, what seems like every spare minute reading up on lead. The safe removal of, the dangers of, the signs of… It would actually be much worse for us to sand the windowsill because it would stir up a bunch of lead-infused dust. So, instead, Lance will scrape away as much old paint as he can, and then slather on the new, good paint. Top of the line, super-paint from Sherwin Williams will seal in any traces of lead. All of Eliza’s bedding, clothing, and stuffed animals are in bags, down in the basement, waiting their turn for the washing machine. Nothing will go back in her room that hasn’t been cleaned with alcohol and/or laundered.
Lance had already been working on the passthrough that went from Eliza’s room to the front porch. He framed that doorway and hung drywall a few weekends ago, but was holding off on mudding and sanding because it would make such a mess. But, now is the perfect time to just take care of everything in Eliza’s room. Hannah and I hit the paint store to pick colors for the trim and the walls. I have no doubt that once we finish painting Eliza’s room and Hannah sees how pretty it is with new colors and fresh paint, she will be requesting her room be done next.
I feel good about our plan. We’re on it. I’m still upset that we unknowingly subjected Eliza to lead in the first place, but all we can do now is fix it. We can’t undo it, but we can fix it.
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