I landed Sunday night in Albuquerque, and got to work immediately Monday morning. The “big” job is the kitchen cabinets, and that will drive everything else. I received an email last Monday (the 8th) saying they were done and ready for shipping. That was fast! I called the office and told them I didn’t want them delivered before I got there. They said no problem, they would be shipped to a local warehouse and I would be called to arrange delivery. Score!
Then I received an email Saturday saying the kitchen cabinets had shipped, and to “click here” if I had received them. I hadn’t. If I had not received them, I was to wait 48 hours and call them. I called Tuesday morning to find out that in fact they had not shipped, they were still in Atlanta. Huh?
OK, so I need them now, when will they ship? After six hours of checking, I was told they were shipping Tuesday, which in shipping speak, it turns out, means Wednesday morning. I should have them by Friday. Ugh!
Update: The truck came by on Friday morning during the only 15 minute period I was not on the property. I called the number on the tracking label taped to the door – no problem, they will be back Saturday morning.
Then I get a call later from the shipping company – what time Monday can they come by? When I said we had already agreed to Saturday, he responded that they don’t work weekends – what time Monday? Grrr…
In the meantime, I’m figuring out paint while my handyman finishes texturing and priming. My property manager likes a yellowish white called Rainier White. That’s what I used on the last one I rehabbed. It’s fine, and makes it easy for the property manager when a unit turns, but it’s just not that attractive. It’s a bit dated and makes the apartment look cheap and clinical. Nicer new apartments in the area are offering more modern colors. Sorry, Heidi. I’m going with a different scheme.
I’ve always liked Swiss Coffee as a base. It’s a soft white, and a standard color for Behr paint, so it will always be available. Bedrooms, hall and baths are going that direction.
The kitchen and living room are different, though. I figured a Southwest color scheme would be smart, so I started looking for an off-white and a red or blue (Southwest theme) for the living room. Like most guys, I know of six colors – 9 if you add in white, brown and black. Behr offers hundreds of colors, although it seems more like thousands to me now.
12 color sample jars later, I have four colors to choose from:
- Casual Khaki will be used for the “light accent” walls – the two long walls defining the living room. I would call this color “tan” which I think is pretty impressive considering it’s not even one of the nine colors that I know.
- Clay Red will be one option for the dark accent wall, the wall with the sliding glass doors and the fireplace. I don’t know if I would have called this color “red” but I have to give Behr credit for using the name of an actual color in the color’s name.
- Tornado Season is the second option for the dark accent wall. I would call this color “blue,” but I admit I would not actually paint a wall blue, and yet I like this color.
- Longmeadow is the final option for the dark accent wall. I would call this color “blue-green” which I think should impress you since I am actually combining two of the colors I know.
Our final conclusion is that I will paint the bedrooms, bath and hall with Swiss Coffee, the light accent walls with Casual Khaki, and I will give a prospective tenant the choice of the other three colors for the dark accent wall.
Next up: Flooring!