Wet Paint

It only took a year, but our studio officially has a fresh coat of paint.

Adieu, Hardy Panel beige! Hell-o uber-urban camouflage.

I took forever to select the palette for this thing, mostly because we plan to use it as a dry run for the colors we'll be painting the whole house. My idea was to keep it in the realm of natural colors, just not the standard variation of pale beige, yellow or green with white trim that seems to be the required rancher uniform here in Southern California.

So I was nervous, and basically spent a month taping paint swatches to my naked body and dancing in front of The Varmint to keep him interested in color choices. (It didn't really work, by the way. He never did say anything except: "Whatever. I trust your judgment," and "Oh, look. You just dropped a quarter.")  

Being completely obsessed with paint colors is not good for my health. I've been known to strain my back painting a wall - and paint it all over again because I chose such a hideously bad color and decided I couldn't live with it. (The worst was the Band-Aid pink wall... I still don't know what I was thinking with that one, but it was worth staying up all night to get rid of it.)

TreehausStudio2Anyway, since we paid someone to paint our studio, our squeaky pocketbooks mandated that there would be no do-overs. So as the first brushstrokes hit the naked wall, I was chomping my fingernails to the nubbin hoping the studio wouldn't end up looking like an army barrack. Our painter looked at the colors, and gave a quick nod.

"I don't think you need to worry," he said, watching me pace back and forth as he mixed the paint. "I can tell it's going to look good."

He was right. We think it turned out pretty cool. While it certainly doesn't look like any other house on our block, it doesn't look like Army headquarters, either.

Of course, that doesn't mean you won't hear The Varmint or me shouting, "Get to work, Maggot!" or "Drop and give me 20!" at the top of our lungs if you happen to meander by. It's just the way we are.



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I am a writer and lazy artist who loves travel, architecture and design. Right now, I'm into photography. My fabulous husband (a.k.a. The Varmint) and I are also the principals of a San Diego-based creative agency - and new parents to the divine Baby Mak. Read More >