How I spent labor day 2022

I spent the holiday weekend painting. Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint. I painted my office which is challenging because of the cables and equipment and the fact that I seem to spend 25 hours a day working in the space.

A decade or so ago I painted the room yellow. I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe it was a trend or a fad but I got tired of it quickly.

The room is now more of a beige-grey. The color is called “Balboa Mist” by Benjamin Moore. I buy my paint at Ace hardware and most often use the store brand.

It took three days to do the job and I still have a little left to paint. Emptying and moving a large bookcase was time-consuming as was all the wall washing and taping. The instructions on the can always say “covers in one coat” but it needed a coat and a half to cover that yellow.

When I paint I clean as I go. I washed the curtains and the windows too. It doesn’t sound like a fun weekend but I will appreciate my efforts for years to come when I walk into my office and there isn’t any yellow. I like to think of it as an investment in myself, the house, and my business.

In the last decade yellow and “Tuscan” were popular paint colors. I have sold and photographed entire houses where every room was yellow. Yellow is the hardest color to photograph. The photos tend to look yellowish.

My new color is somewhat trendy but it is also neutral and generally speaking, it plays well with most other colors. I won’t get sick of it as quickly. I’ll never again paint anything yellow.

My office has two large windows and three doorways. One of the doors is an exterior door and it has a window. It is a corner office too and gets a lot of light.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email