Like most people, I approach January with plans to organize my life and house. Once the Christmas decorations are put away and the house is clean, I make plans to get files purged, closets organized and my life in order. I’ve spent most of January creating pieces for my jewelry show at Waverly House this coming Friday so finishing the last piece this past weekend was a nice relief. They’ll be delivered tomorrow and I can get them completely off my plate.
A phone call last Thursday prompted the start of another project, one I desperately wanted done but didn’t think I could afford – painting the stairwell. Normally, I like doing my own painting. My natural anal retentiveness means that the work is done neatly and meets my rigid standards, however, the high ceilings in this house create a problem for painting. I need to hire a professional to get the job done because it requires special ladders and someone who isn’t scared of heights. Enter Gil Magnifico. I love this guy! We met him several years ago when he was working on the house next to ours and liked him immediately. He did outstanding work and is a very nice and reliable guy. Our friends Mick and Carrie McCulloch used him for work on their house a couple of years ago and were also impressed. Plus, he’s very reasonable. Gil called last Thursday to see if we needed some indoor work done because he was bored and wanted some winter projects. I told him about the stairwell but expressed my concerns that we didn’t have any extra money for his services. He said he’d come over the bid it anyway since he works cheap in the winter. Darned right he works cheap. He’s painting the stairwell and upstairs hallway for a mere $100. Sold. He’s here today getting started and I’m thrilled. I’ll have a nice newly painted stairwell, he gets some work and I didn’t have to spend a fortune.
If anyone needs his number, let me know.