A Fresh Coat of Paint

About a year and a half ago the building I live in had a water pipe break under the building and the foundation sunk a little and my apartment started sprouting cracks in the walls from the foundation shifting. Landlords being what they are sometimes, not very apt to jump right in and fix things waited for months before the cracks were fixed. We then engaged in a long stand off over painting my place because they didn’t want to pay painters to move my furniture although the damage was not my fault.

The stand off finally broke last month and over the past few weeks my apartment has been getting painted, one wall at a time, so that I can continue to run my business with out too much disruption. Both my living room and dining room serve as my work space for my business. I have stuff everywhere — the place is jam packed with shelving, desks, and the standard living rooom and dining room furniture. It’s been quite an ordeal moving stuff around and trying to work in the midst of it all, but I’m enjoying the new look tremendously. 

I have to say, it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for your perspective. Today, I will be off line for a few hours while the the final wall in my office space/living room is painted.

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5 Responses to A Fresh Coat of Paint

  1. What a hassle. How did you do it?

  2. Darrell

    Hassle is right. I’m still recovering from the day of moving desks, printers, a large bookshelf loaded with too many books, washing the blinds and pitching in to help paint some trim. I am about to plop on the couch for the night and watch Kite Runner.

    How did I do what? Coerce my landlord?

    Oh and next week we get to start moving my bedroom furniture around and painting that room. I have way too much stuff and have lived here way too long (15 years).

    The good news is, I even got to choose colors and steered away from the yucky “Swiss Coffee” which is the staple paint color in my building. My living room and dining room are in two lovely shades of pale green with a light ivory trim. Bedroom will be deep rose and light rose with the same ivory trim. My daughter is going to have her room done with the pale green and the pale rose this summer when she’s home. Then it’s on to paint the hall, kitchen and bathroom — all a shade of ivory a little darker than the trim. The fun was picking the colors. It’s looking good, after living for over a year with patches all over the walls and ceilings.

  3. Going for another 15?

  4. Darrell

    I dunno – maybe. I have a great apartment. It’s large, it’s fairly private in a small building with most of my neighbors all living here for many years and it’s under rent control. I couldn’t find any place in L.A. as cheap as this at this point.

  5. Some people are down on rent control, but I’ve always wished that I could stumble into it someday.