We have successfully painted the living room. It took two days (let's just say we aren't early starters) but it looks much better without all the grime, grease, crayon marks, and mysterious black streaks left by the previous tenant(s). Removing the floorboards in order to paint was an educational experience - this apartment (like many in Germany, bless their draft-fearing souls) has a serious mold problem. It was horrifying. All we could really do was clean it up and stick them back on.
After the first and longer portion of the project on Saturday we were famished and in need of a drink. (Complaint heard during painting: "Damn, my hand hurts. I'm not going to be able to hold my beer!!") We wanted to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by going to the Irish bar down the street, but every other English-speaking expatriate in Heidelberg had the same idea and there were no seats. (We wanted food too! A burger! I really wanted a burger!) So we looked for another place and ended up at Hemingway's, across the Neckar. Best burger, fries, and Strongbow I ever had.
Now what our apartment really needs is a giant piece of art or two. We saw some at Ikea but couldn't really agree on any of them. To be honest this is actually a luxury we can't afford, but the place looks so stark. I guess we'll get used to it - but if anyone has any ideas for huge cheap art, let me know!