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A Central Florida hotel gave me the choice of three redecorating projects:


  1. larger penthouse,
  2. front lobby, or
  3. outdoor children’s play-town.


I opted for the penthouse. The other two projects were put on hold by the property management company.


Why the penthouse project got my vote: The diversity of creative decorating opportunities.


  1. Interior work – A/C, controlled environment.
  2. Fine finishing surfaces: paneling, columns, furniture.
  3. Lots of wallcovering installation, including mural.
  4. Custom color matching: paint-to-patterned wallcoverings.
  5. Faux finishing.
  6. Minimal traffic
  7. Management’s style, commitment and candor.


I scheduled the project into twelve main phases:


  1. Needs assessment by room, area, square footage, surface conditions, and preparation requirements.
  2. Products, materials, supplies costing-to-budget allotment; selection and coordination; quantity estimating and computation; requisitioning to purchasing.
  3. Wood furniture and woodwork stripping or bleaching.
  4. Wallcovering removal.
  5. Ceilings, walls, doors repairing, patching, filling.
  6. Wood repairing, filling, sanding, sealing.
  7. Ceilings, walls priming.
  8. Woodwork, doors, furniture re-staining and light sanding.
  9. Painting.
  10. Woodwork, doors, furniture finishing.
  11. Wallpaper and mural hanging.
  12. Faux finishing.


I was responsible for all aspects of the project except:


  1. delivery delays of custom wallcoverings and murals,
  2. purchasing department delays, errors, etc.


The one twist: The hotel president’s wife, a retired ASID member, would be included in the selection of the wallcoverings, and murals. In reality, the lady showed up on site once a week during the entire project. She put herself “to work.” She helped whichever hotel maintenance technician may have been assisting me on that day.


The project moved right along.
Complete shutdown was needed only two days – carpenter, plumber, tile man. The flooring people installed new carpeting after I completed my work. Note: I waited to re-install the re-finished baseboards until after the flooring was installed.




Before you sign on, you might want to do the following:


  1. Find out where the hotel’s purchasing manager orders the bulk of paint products and wallpaper materials.
  2. Clear with management – get it in writing – for YOU to be the person that visits the paint store and communicates with product/material representatives.
  3. Set it up so that YOU are the person that puts together the actual requisition order schedule and lists, for the purchasing manager to follow.
  4. Get a list – in writing – of all other work that will be taking place in the area. See that it includes the approximate “schedule blocks” of work days for every other craftsperson. Examples: carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tile installers, drywall installers.




  1. Hotel management sets it up and authorizes YOU to actually do the ordering from suppliers.
  2. You work under ONE member of management.
  3. You have access to other members of organization – supervisors, managers, staff – as needed.
  4. Feedback from managers is limited, and direct. No filtering through a chain of people.
  5. Project inspections are limited, and conducted by person(s) with authority to assist and act.
  6. “Sightseeing” visits by managers and staff members are kept to minimum, even discouraged.



  1. The hotel’s staff was friendly, helpful and totally enthusiastic. Especially the staff painter, and the engineering department, as a whole.
  2. The project came off without any major glitch – eg. shipment delay of custom wallcoverings.
  3. The project came in under budget – a surprise, even to me.
  4. The project was completed one week early. (Another surprise.)
  5. The carpenters, electricians, plumbers, drywallers, and tile installers stuck to the master schedule – and theirs. Great teams!
  6. Final inspections came off with only minor changes.
  7. The hotel management company signed off promptly.
  8. The hotel’s principal owner flew in for a final walk-through – and “staff only open house.”


Would I pick that “penthouse project” again? Yes! Though it was the first one that I’d worked on solo. And, it was the largest: over 4,000 square feet, including the veranda.




Ask around. There’s bound to be a hotel, resort, or residential penthouse somewhere that needs your special, fine touch. If nothing else, offer to help the staff painter get it into shining shape again.


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Special thanks to everyone that has helped others do a great job at their chosen work.

And, thank you for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

From Bob Hajtovik: Thanks for the Memories – and Opportunities!

My teammates and crew members, superintendents and managers, employers, and property owners have been among the best!  Hats off to each of them!

In alphabetical order, they are…


1. Construction Project Managers. They’ve handed the spec sheets to me, stepped back and let me get the job done. They’ve hired me to do high-performance and high-quality work.

They’ve relied on me to help bring in every project within, or better yet: under the time, cost and manpower terms of the contract with the customers and clients.


2. Contractors. They’ve told me what they needed done. They’ve handed me the reins, and left to take care of other things. They’ve offered relevant feedback promptly.  Consistently, yet “eyefully,” they’ve trusted my judgment.

They’ve kept me in the loop about a spectrum of things: problems, changes, shipment delays, switches in job sites, equipment failures, compliance courses, crew cutbacks, etc.


3. Hotel general managers, engineering directors, and property owners. They’ve recognized that I knew what I was doing. They’ve seen how I could help them meet their goals and satisfy expectations.

Usually, they’ve accepted, and agreed, with the way that I was doing the job they had hired me to do. Generally, they’ve known when to step back and watch, and when to step up and say something.

They’ve served as reliable guides and checkmates. They’ve served as both practical and ethics-driven mentors. They’ve provided sound examples of organizational, business, team, and project leadership.



4. Officers of non-profits. They’ve brought me on board because they’ve needed an experienced painter. They’ve wanted a painter that they could trust with   their constituents, community and property.

They’ve explained their unique situations, and asked for help. They’ve tapped my talents and resources to improve their facilities, benefit their organizations and enhance their capabilities to serve their constituents.


5. Teammates and fellow crew members. They’ve helped me fit in and belong to the group. They’ve shared – and entrusted me with – their ideas, concerns, and hopes.

They’ve asked for my help and advice. They’ve offered the same to me whenever it has been needed or appropriate. Whenever the spirit moved them, too. (Now, that’s “teaming-it!” )

They’ve challenged, tested and stretched me. They’ve frustrated, criticized and upset me.

They’ve doubled me over in laughter, and moved me to tears. They’ve supported, and empowered me. They’ve praised and appreciated me. They’ve made my day! Every day!

They’ve blessed my life by being a part of it – and letting me be a part of theirs.


How everyone has made a difference. . .

Everyone, represented in the list above, has helped me fit into his or her team, and organization. They’ve helped me become an active contributor to his or her organization.

They’ve offered opportunities that helped to mold me into a better person, helper and worker. A better painter and decorator for their respective needs, groups, environment, and property.

To my knowledge, all of my managers and teammates and crew members are still alive. Some have moved on to different companies or non-profits. Some have changed careers. Some have retired, and get in lots of golf, fishing, boating, travel, and family time. Some greet each day with at least one sign of “life over 40.”

All have maintained their professional interests, creative energy, high set of values, and unique personalities. And, definitely their sense of humor, fairness, accountability, and integrity!


Many thanks to everyone.
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