Okay, so I know it sounds bad but I genuinely don't think I'm at fault here. So I'm currently planning to get my apartment repainted completely since I've just moved in and all the walls happen to be white. I was talking to a friend about this when he told me he had a friend who had just recently graduated art school and was really into wall painting. I told him I didn't want any wall painting done because I had already planned out most of the coloring scheme. He told me that his friend was looking for places to practice wall painting since she's new to it and hasn't really found places she could do that without it being vandalism. So he called her up and we had a chat. I said, Idm letting her paint the walls in my bedroom because I'm busy for the next few days and it isn't a common living space. I checked with my painters and they told me that they could easily paint over that. They're not free for a couple weeks so I haven't moved in yet but I told him to ask his friends to go nuts in my room without scraping or causing any damage. I told her that her work would be painted over. She said she's simply doing it for the practice and wouldn't mind as long as she could take some pictures for the portfolio and that I would be doing her a huge favor letting her practice.
So fast forward a couple weeks, and I go to my room and it's absolutely amazing with a bunch of designs and a lot of edgy art so I decide that I wouldn't get it painted over. Problem is I have a contract with my painter and still have to pay him for my room even if he doesn't do the job. I called her and told her that the room was great and I'd be recommending her to anyone who asked who painted my room. She then out of the blue asked me how much I'd be paying her for the work. I told her about my painter situation and that I would have paid her the amount I was paying him if I didn't have a contract. She got mad and told me I was taking advantage of a young artist ( She's literally 3 years younger). She said she'd sue me for payment and I reminded her of our agreement. She said that was done on the basis that I wouldn't be keeping it. I told her that I was doing her a favour by giving her a place to practice and that I never had any monetary obligation. She blew up at me and called our mutual friend. I explained my situation and how I simply don't have the funds but he thinks I'm an asshole too. So Reddit, AITA?
Edit: I never wanted my room to be painted by an artist and don't have the money to get it done professionally. I thought I'd keep it because it looks great and I could recommend other people who saw it about her.
Edit: I did not charge her anything for letting her use my walls for practice.
Edit: I didn't "comission her to do it". I didn't even give her any guidelines except not to scrap the walls. This was supposed to be her practicing and making a portfolio.
Edit: I wasn't trying to con her ffs. I thought it wouldn't hurt me to let her practice since I would be getting repainting done anyways. I did not originally plan on keeping the art.
Edit: I was thinking of paying her a token amount (whatever I can) but now I'm torn about doing that as well since that would actually give her grounds to sue. She does not have the right to claim ownership/intellectual property rights of the art right now - I checked but I don't want to get myself into more hot water trying to do a good thing.
Edit: The painters were contracted and are being paid for me reserving their time(atleast from what I understand). It's too late to cancel any charges.
Edit: all the info texts have been lost in the storm of comments so pm me if you have any actual questions. Please don't troll.
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