two good lessons learned at this step....
If you're in the position of having lots of people offering to help out in a large scale project like this, you need to be smart on who you accept offers from. Certain jobs are perfect for the less skilled help, others, keep all but the qualified away from. Also... there's not many steps in studio construction that you shouldn't think carefully through. When i got to the point of painting, i had suprisingly not given ANY thought to what color the place would be. I was like... "eh... i don't know ... white for the ceiling and off white for the walls... just buy anything and slap it up there.... oh... and let a bunch of my friends help out on painting day. Have you ever painted before? no? doesn't matter. come anyway."
So i have certainy done A LOT of painting before and know what to do and not to do, but in the mental haze i was in after every manner of construction design / permit armwrestling / contractor pindowns.... i chose to forget 2 of the most important points of finishing off a room :
1. pick a color
2. have people who know how to paint paint it.
what ends up happening is at the end of the painting day.. i have what looks like a grandma's sun room from 1992 with splotches and bare patches all over. Hmmm.
i wish i had a picture of it... it was pretty funny. As i was complaining about my color choice (or lack thereof) to a friend, he mentioned picking something that matched some of the outboard gear. That was a nice idea. So i picked 3 different greys and decided to do the end walls in a dark grey, the iso booth a bit lighter, and side walls the lightest grey. This would also match the pine floor and trim i was planning. Turned out better than i expected. Here's an in-progress shot: