For the last two weeks, I have been working some long, and sometimes tough, hours on a kitchen re-do/paint job for a client/friend.
When Sherwin Williams sent the little notice telling me about their 40% off sale, it still made my fingers itch and my heart all beat-skippy and I began to look disparagingly at every wall in this house which had been bothering me even slightly.
I bought four gallons.
Last Monday, I repainted the family room, moving from Ralph Lauren "Raffia" to Sherwin's "Rice Grain", which I had used to brighten up the hallways, stairwell and entry a few months back.
When Prince Charming left town on Wednesday, I decided to paint the entire front room in the same color.
Of course, I was working for my client all day, so I would set the timer for 20 minutes in the morning and 'cut in' part of a wall, then set it again for 15 minutes on my lunch hour and do a little more.
I would drag home from the jobsite, feed my hungry self, and paint until bath and bed time.
It got done.
I have a few interesting things to tell you about it.
One, I missed having the time to take my long walks on the mean streets, so I missed finding the pennies that are always out there waiting for me, but... I found a single penny, in both rooms, when I moved the furniture (also, a Lego brick and a small pinecone, but they don't count).
Two, I had a great laugh when I took the mirror off the wall. Remember our herd of swine (which Miss Helping Hands recently moved to over the door to the kid's playspace)?
Apparently, the herd of swine once traveled along the tops of the mirrors in the dining room and when I took the mirror down to paint behind it, I discovered a stray.
Poor thing was upside down and stuck; made me laugh out loud!
Three, and this is the best part, Prince Charming still hasn't noticed that the room has been painted.
He came home on Friday afternoon and we sat in that room and talked and talked.
At one point in the conversation, he said, "Wow, these new windows make such a big difference. That breeze coming in (our old ones were single pane and stationary) is awesome. And they seem to make the whole room feel more open."
Could it be, maybe, that it seems more open because we changed from this yellower color and dark accent wall...
...to these much lighter and all-one-color walls?
I think so, and, after he reads this, I'll bet Prince Charming will think so, too.
I just love that man.