I spent the majority of this evening over at the bar formerly known as DuPree's. Through some stranger-than-fiction wrangling, the space is again in the hands of those who would not only sell liquor and beer with a valid liquor license, but also do more for encouraging business than just sell crystal meth and coke from behind the bar.
For the past few nights, R has been helping out with a new buildout of the place (which is now going to be known as The Independent). I headed up there tonight to see if I could lend a hand.
Our biggest frustration tonight came as a result of the previously mentioned liquor-license-challenged individual, who decided to paint the walls of the bar and revarnish all the wood surfaces seemingly without the foresight to mask off anything that didn't require paint or varnish. As a result, the bar has a number of dark-chocolate wood pillars and door facades with numerous light khaki splotches.
We tried using a stain to cover up these items, but it simply rubs right off of the paint surface, and unfortunately, since the painters are coming tomorrow to paint the walls a dark olive, those light splotches will be particularly noticable. At this point, we decided to try to cover up the splotches as much as possible and then use a glossy spray fixative to try to get it to set without having to rub the offending paint stains.
Towards the end of the night, it started looking better. At this point, it's the best we can hope for.