Spring cleaning got started in January

NEIGHBORS

March 10, 2002|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CLEANING OUT closets, giving away unneeded items and sprucing up our house is a rite of spring. Maybe some of us are starting a few of these chores now because we are experiencing unusual, spring-like weather. For me, though, my cleaning and redecorating began in mid-January.

It started when my son David offered to lay ceramic tile floors in our two upstairs bathrooms.

How could I say no to that offer? So, the heavy hard work began with me as No. 1 assistant and go-fer. It turned out beautifully. But, as we all know, one thing leads to another. Do one thing and then something else needs to be done, and so on.

Phase Two had to be painting the walls. We decided to try something different - faux painting techniques.

As a community service, let me tell you that it takes time, but the results are well worth it.

Have one or two assistants on hand. It helps to make the job easier. We taught ourselves sponging-on, rolling-on with glaze and sponging-off techniques. It is a creative and interesting way to paint.

Walls can take on the appearance of leather, parchment, marble, wallpaper or old, worn plaster, depending on how the paint is applied.

Our painting project continues through the house, one room at a time. But only some of them are faux finished.

If you have been thinking about this painting technique, give it a try. Have fun with it as we are.

By the time we go on to the third phase, laying carpet, it will be time for the next spring project, gardening. But that is another story.

MAGLEV meetings

The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will hold its monthly general membership meeting one week later than usual this month. The meeting is scheduled March 20, instead of Wednesday, as previously publicized. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Lindale Middle School, 415 Andover Road.

The main topic will be the community's response to the proposed MAGLEV Project, a high-speed train that, if approved, could pass through Linthicum.

The board of directors decided to move the meeting to avoid a conflict with one the Mass Transit Administration is holding. A public meeting on alternative alignments for the proposed MAGLEV project will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lindale School.

Mike Daniel, president of the association, encourages residents to attend the MTA meeting and then come to the LSIA meeting next week.

Information: 410-859-8586.

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