Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
Last month, Jason left home early on a Thursday morning. He had a 6am flight to join his uncles and cousins in St. Louis for a golf weekend. It was a well-deserved break and a chance to catch his breath before the big push on various releases at work. (One of which I am using to create this post right now. Hello, Surface!)
While he played all that weekend, I decided to work. I’ve always wished someone would pull a “While You Were Out” on me, so I did the next best thing: I pulled one on my husband, and now we have a lovely master bathroom.
I couldn’t achieve everything I’d want to, had it been under ideal circumstances (i.e., unlimited budget) — the old linoleum and ugly countertop are still there, I don’t have the electrical expertise to install an exhaust fan, and I couldn’t quite find a way to enlarge the room and install a bathtub. Still, for the first time since buying the house, we walk into that bathroom and smile at what we see. I don’t mind not being able to soak in the evening quite so much, now there are pretty curtains greeting me as I step out of the shower.
So, over the course of four days, I shopped, washed walls, removed caulk, recaulked, painted, primed, painted more, shopped more, made the aforementioned curtains, and (get this) changed out the light switch. By myself. My first foray into the electrical trade, and it was a great success. (Yes, before you ask, I did turn the electricity off at the breaker. Why does everyone who hears about this feel the need to ask such a silly question?)
Somehow, I even managed to be a semi-decent parent during all the hubbub, too. If semi-decent includes a trip for frozen yogurt, which, I believe, in my kids’ eyes, it certainly does. Perhaps even decent. Or spectacular.
The wall color was chosen to coordinate with the paint color we’ve chosen for the master bedroom, and the cabinet color to coordinate with the curtains and wall color. The very first things I bought were the cobalt cabinet knobs – Jason’s favorite color. I’ve finally decided to go with instinct and do blue and green throughout the whole house. Why fight favorite colors? Blue for Jason, green for me.
While the light switch was my proudest achievement, the artwork in the room is a particular point of pride, too.
It’s our song.
Jason loves it and was completely surprised. And, with that, finally, nineteen months after moving in, we can call one room finished.
(Well, finished-ish. I still want that bathtub someday.)