Primping the passageway… or, the hallway gets some paint

Spent much of yesterday painting the hallway in our apartment. The painting bug had bitten me real bad. After spending about four hours getting hallway painted, the painting urge has thankfully subsided and I can focus on things that actually need doing, like unpacking those last two boxes in the kitchen, finishing up the living room and maybe making some money freelancing. Money. Huh. What a thought.

Anywho, our entire apartment is painted white with gray/brown trim. I don’t understand the trim color at all (it’s not a nice color… probably was a cheap mess up color at the hardware store or something) and one of the things I plan to do to this apartment is paint the trim white. But that is a colossal undertaking and will probably take the better part of the time Shawn and I live here. Unless of course the painting bug bites me again, which it will in a week or so.

So here’s the hallway before, complete with Frog Tape and Pele the cat. The white wasn’t so terrible except that there’s big scuff marks everywhere. Also, many of the walls don’t have any texturing on them at all. It’s just the dry wall, and the seams are quite visible. Which is frustrating because even after I painted, the walls still look sort of “blah.”

This is one of the many reasons I needed to paint the walls.

Here’s after two coats of “Babbling Brook” paint by Olympic. It’s the premium variety so it doesn’t have any VOCs. Which I appreciate because I’d prefer not to get the cancer. Also, you may notice the box in the kitchen is still there. Yep, haven’t unpacked it yet. And in the bottom corner of the photo, all our winter hats and scarves. Yes, it’s still sort of winter here in southwest Montana. And we’re REAL sick of it. There were flurries this morning when Shawn and I took a walk to the coffee shop two blocks away (which is dangerous… we patronize it too much!).

I like the blue, but it doesn’t look so hot with the gray/brown trim. If I was just going to live with the weird trim color before, I can’t now because it bugs me too much.

And here’s a little hallway vignette complete with the pretty mirror my grandmother gave me and my ratty winter coat (it gets too much use).

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Pull up a seat

Shawn and I spent most of  Sunday re-finishing the remaining three dining room chairs (dining room being a loose term since it’s also the living room, entry-way and office — oh, the trials of tiny apartments!). We sanded down the worn finish, coated them with wood conditioner to bring some moisture back into the brittle wood, primed and painted. One coat of wood conditioner, two coats of primer and two coats of gorgeous aqua paint later, we have four lovely chairs.

The only problem now? The seat cushions (cushion also being a loose term — they’re hard as a board). They looked bad before. They look terrible now. The shiny new paint has brought out every stain. My plan is to find a lovely (floral?) fabric that will match or contrast nicely with the blue color and the rose design. I’m going to buy some foam to add some much-needed padding to the chairs and recover the cushions. When they’re done, I am looking forward to gorgeous dining room chairs.

Oh, and an added bonus? The aqua color looks great against the green wall I painted recently. The landlord patched some places on the walls but did not texture those patches. Then he painted the walls this nasty silly putty (skin?) color, using a fairly shiny paint. The result is that those untextured patches were in stark relief. My design-sense got to tingling every time I looked at that wall, and not in a good way. So I decided to paint the wall the same color as the one I painted in the loft. The paint, “Outback” from Behr, had an eggshell finish, which really downplayed the the untextured areas. The result? A wall that doesn’t make me ill to look at.