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painting complete

February 28, 2010

Yesterday I went over to the condo and the painting had begun.  Chris and George had painted all of the edging around the baseboards and the crown molding, but hadn’t yet filled in the rest of the walls.  Here is how the conversation went:

“Chris, do you think it’s too dark?  Are these colors too dark?” I chose the Benjamin Moore color “sail cloth” for the walls, which can best be described as sort of a light gray taupe.

“No, it’s good.”

“Does that sail cloth color really match the sample?”

“Yes.  It’s good.  I like it.”

“It’s just…it’s dark, is it too dark?” Oh my god.

They’d also started painting the Meditation color above the bookshelves.  This is sort of an olive green color, and it looked really, really dark and muddy. Granted, it was only partly done.

“Chris, did I choose bad colors?  Are these colors going to work?”

“I like – it’ll be fine.”

This is how the conversation went when I came home to Paula:

“THE PAINT IS A DISASTER.”

“It can’t be, those were nice colors.”

“THE SAIL CLOTH COLOR LOOKS LIKE DIRT. I PAINTED THE WALLS DIRT.”

“I’m sure it’s fine.”

“MAYBE IT’S NOT FINE!”

“Um….oh dear….how is the meditation color?”

“MEDITATION LOOKS LIKE POO.”

“I thought it was olive green.”

“IT’S POO.  I MADE THIS APARTMENT LOOK LIKE DIRT AND POO.”

“It can’t be that bad…..”

“LIKE DIRT AND POO, PAULA.  DIRT AND POO!”

So that was yesterday.  Today I bought a ceiling fan for the living room – Ohhhhh, allow me to digress….between comments here and comments on Facebook, it became clear, pretty quickly, that a ceiling fan was the way to go.  So ceiling fan it is!  ANYWAY, we had to bring the ceiling fan over to the apartment.  The conversation in the car went like this:

“You know, we don’t have to do this today.  Maybe it’s getting too dark.  We could go tomorrow.”

“The paint will be fine.”

“Tomorrow would be good.  There’ll be more light.  Let’s go tomorrow.”

“The paint will be fine.”

“Oh god.”

Flash forward ten minutes and it looked like this – PRETTY FANTASTIC.   Such a huge relief.  Paula played documentary photographer:

front door/hallway

hallway looking into dining room

corner of living room

other view of living room

meditation color, accent wall above bookshelves

another angle

and another angle

subway tile has been grouted, with exception of interior window tile

that shelf isn't really for toilet paper

border tile

left over tile spacers

travertine floor has gone in

bathroom color - Benjamin Moore "pale smoke" - success!

little hallway, the pink on the floor is the protective paper

VASTLY RELIEVED

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4 comments

  1. Congratulations! The paint looks gorgeous (as do the bookcases — oh my, I want some of those). And, it’s nice to see you…SMILING! What’s the anticipated date for being done with the apartment? The contractor and his crew seem to be working so fast.


  2. Re: wanting bookcases – amen, P and I have already talked about getting Chris to put some floor to ceiling ones in our apartment when we can afford it.

    The completion date in the contract is March 15th, and they would meet it, except the kitchen cabinets aren’t arriving until March 10th, so that is going to push things back about. Right now they should have everything done BUT the cabinets by March 10th and after that we’ll just be waiting on counter tops…


  3. Next time, listen to Paula!


  4. Thank you, Judith.



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