Painless Painting

As many of you may know, I recently became a homeowner! Furthermore, for the duration of my apartment hunt, I split my time between my sister’s apartment and my parent’s home.  While I thoroughly enjoyed my house-guesting I was eager to settle into a place of my own.

The process of closing on my apartment was just that - a long agonizing process which took what felt like an eternity.  I would say this was attributed to a mixture of my own impatience and resilient negotiation tactics. To make matters worse, the close date kept changing which made it near impossible for me to figure out when I could move in.  Despite my best efforts, my move in date fell over a trip I had planned to Lake Geneva.  Following my dalliance with blow-up mattresses and my childhood bedroom, I wanted nothing more than to come back to a freshly painted place, move in my furniture that same day, and finally have a place of my own.

My determination to turn my dream into a reality led to some frantic googling through which I found Paintzen - an on-demand painting startup that promised to find painters within 48 hours. My hope of walking into a move-in ready place was becoming more than just that.  After inputting some simple details about my condo on the Paintzen website, I had a quote, and my painters were scheduled.  It was almost as easy as calling an Uber.

The morning of my trip I walked the painting crew through my place and introduced them to my building manager, Rick. Rick was able to let the painting crew in and lock up after they left while I was out of town.  I headed to the train and was Lake Geneva-bound for days filled with fall leaves, pumpkin patches, and more apple cider donuts then I'd like to admit.  

Upon my return, I walked into a freshly painted & bright home with my movers in tow.  The previous owners had chosen dark accent walls and shades of grey for the loft space.  I opted to paint the entire space a warm white to brighten up the condo and provide the perfect blank canvas to showcase all the treasures I’ve acquired during my travels.  

Cheers to my latest adventure as a homeowner and all the people who have helped me on the journey!

If you are looking for painters I cannot say enough great things about Paintzen.  They were incredible to work with, provided expert advice, and the process was so easy.  Use the promo code PLACES100 for $100 off painting (Must be a qualifying order of $1,000 or more; jobs below $1,000 qualify for a $50 discount.)

x Smack




Disclaimer: I was provided with a reduced painting rate in return for my honest review.  All opinions expressed here are my own and are not influenced by Paintzen or their affiliates in anyway. 

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