“This is the same paint used on the HOLLYWOOD Sign,” the friendly salesman at my local Sherwin-Williams paint store told me.

I was looking for a high-quality paint for my 1912 Craftsman bungalow and was attracted to the Sherwin-Williams line of paints because the company offers authentic colors typical of 100 years ago.

Hikers from across Southern California and around the world have long enjoyed taking the trail to the HOLLYWOOD Sign.
Hikers from across Southern California and around the world have long enjoyed taking the trail to the HOLLYWOOD Sign.

It all seemed like happy coincidence to me. Sherwin-Williams donated product for the recent re-painting of the HOLLYWOOD Sign just as my  “HIKE Griffith & the Hollywood Hills Pocket Guide, with a cover photo of hikers below the sign, was coming off the press.

And of course, I needed some paint.

I sometimes joke that “I’m a writer and a painter.” The joke is that my literary endeavors are not paired with any artistic expression (or frankly ability—I can’t draw to save my life) but rather with an enjoyment of painting my own house.

It took 105 gallons of primer and 255 gallons of Sherwin-Williams High Reflective White to paint the HOLLYWOOD Sign for its 90th birthday celebration in 2013. It looks great. A tip of the hiker’s cap to the company, and to the Hollywood Sign Trust for funding the restoration effort.

I did end up painting my house with the same paint that went on the HOLLYWOOD Sign: the Sherwin-Williams Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex.

Actually, I’m still painting. As anyone who owns a historic house knows, painting one requires much prep and patience. My house is a two-story and, with four different colors, takes a lot of time to paint. While I like painting on the weekends, I like hiking a whole lot more.

Paint on.

Hike on.