About a year ago I sold my house.
I had about 2 weeks to find a new place to live. I wanted something close to everything, in my price range, smaller square footage, and nice and updated. Oh yeah, and it had to be ready for IMMEDIATE move in.
What I found was 20 minutes away from everything, above my price range, larger than my house, and nice and new… but it was ready for me to move in right then.
It was a nice place… but I hated it. I hated having to drive 20 minutes to get everywhere. (I’m a small town girl… i like being 5 minutes from everything!)
So I decided to start looking for a new place… and I found one! It is EXACTLY in the area where I wanted to be… it is in my price range… it is smaller than my previous 2 places… and the kitchen and bathroom have been updated! (and a bonus, I get a nice size patio with a great view of a park! definitely an extra bonus in this area!)
I have also been blessed in that my previous rental company is allowing me out of my lease agreement early, without much of a penalty. (cue excited cheers here!)
So welcome to my new home!
When you come up the stairs, this is your view…
Well, minus the paint can! :)
As you can see, it is an open floor plan, with the kitchen opening right up to the living room. The patio is also connected to the living room right thru that french door. (It brings in a lot of light into the living room!)
This is my kitchen. LOVE the granite countertops!
Here is bedroom #1. This will become my bedroom… and yes, there is a exterior door in my bedroom. This door leads out the back of the apartment and is a much closer walk to my parking place than the front door.
And here is bedroom #2. This will be called a bedroom no more… it is from here on out, “My Craft Room”.
And finally, the bathroom.
Sorry that the pictures are so dark, but I had already packed my camera and only had my phone to take pictures! (oops!)
Now it was time for the work to begin!
The walls had all been painted a gold color… and the trim and doors were all painted kind of a peach color… it was kinda hideous… and dark, and dingy…
I was struggling to decide which sofa I was going to keep (I had a tan one and a green one) I was worried that the tan one might clash with the walls… but the green one was a little more worn. Then my landlord said a marvelous thing, “you can paint if you want to…”
Paint? Yes please!
Bonus, my parents had LOTS of left over paint from when they built their house.
Now I just have to explain to everyone why I’m painting “a rental”.
Here’s my explanation… Because it makes me happy.
Fresh paint makes me happy. It gives new life to an old place… and it makes it feel like mine.
Luckily for me, my honey and my daddy get me, and came to help! (sorry Dad! apparently I dont have a picture of you painting the apartment!)
I decided to go with Sherwin Williams Dover White for the walls in a Satin finish… and Sherwin Williams Ultra White Semigloss for the trim and doors.
Oh, except for one wall…
Yup! I’m painting one wall of my craft room PINK!
I LOVE it!
Now all we need is all of my stuff to clutter the place up! hehee!
Have you ever painted an apartment? Have you ever painted a feature wall? If so, what color did you go with?