Technically, I did more than just paint. In what ended up being almost exactly 24 hours of work, spread over three days, I...:
- filled nail holes and caulked in the new baseboards, which were installed by the tile guys but not finished (why? no clue)
- primed the baseboards
- primed the walls, from floor to ceiling, including the 12' vault in the living room
- cut and installed cleats in the shelfy nook in the living room
- painted the walls in the aforementioned spaces
- built shelves for the shelfy nook
As lovely as this morning sunlight is, it's fleeting, and barely penetrates the space beyond this corner. There's a serious issue with light in this house. Time to learn to embrace lamps.
The "back" of the living room, behind the couch. That's a lot of wall to paint, especially from the top of a ladder.
You can see the difference here between the light coming in from the kitchen windows, and the near-black shadows in the center of the picture. The neat thing about that is that all of the walls, at times, look like they're all painted in different colors, depending on the time of day.
The wall color, by the way, is Sherwin Williams' Tradewinds, which is a soft, pale blue with a touch of green in it. I heart it.
EDIT: wait, no it isn't - Tradewinds was what we used in Sylvan's room, and on the test wall in the living room. I ended up swapping it out for something with a wee bit more green in it - Behr's Urban Raincoat.
(Also on my never-ending to-do list: that empty aquarium. It's a bit of a running joke - it's been empty for years. But it made a great terrarium for fake spiders at my last Halloween party).
This is the dining room, aka "Room of Lost Furniture" aka "Laura's Guitar Crap Storage & Bike Workshop" (sadly, this particular bike, which is my favorite, is down with a serious case of Bearings Crud. Don't worry, though, it isn't terminal).
I'll be honest with you, I have no idea what this room is going to end up looking like. For now, there's just stuff in it that has no place else to go.
This room has crown molding for some bizarre reason, even though exactly zero other spaces in this building have any. I painted them the same color as the walls, to help minimize the fact of their existence - they just looked weird in there all by themselves.
There's a lot more to show you, but there's also a lot more work to be done before I can do that. I need to finish those shelves, for one thing; and there are still a lot of bare walls in this house, since I was waiting to hang things until after the big painting was done.
Then there's the dining room. Hm. My roommate wants to put a writing desk in there, which is going to be cool. Also, there's futon just to the right of what you see in the picture that I've been trying to sell on Craigslist, but it turns out that Craigslisters are a bunch of flaky, flaky people (seven offers, all ghosted at the last minute? The hell?) I'm sure this surprises no one. As soon as it's out of the way, though, this room is going to get some serious attention.
But first: I have shelves to stain. After that I think I'll turn my attention to The Purple Glitter Situation. But more on that later.