For a few sweet seconds, guest blogger Kris admires her completed project:
The walls are a buttery, muted yellow (with no obvious slopes or seams). The curtains, a simple crushed fabric in burnished gold (machine washable and easy to take down). Both are colors found in our new comforter, the black background of which provides rich contrast to our hardwood floors and dressers. And the new floor plan makes the room look much more spacious.
As soon as the bed was moved back into the bedroom, I could see my husband's shoulders relax a tad. We made up the bed with our new comforter and stood back to admire the effect.
He slipped an arm around my waist and smiled. "I think this is the nicest bedroom we've ever had."
It's true. We've lived our adult lives as if we were still furnishing college apartments, picking up odds and ends, buying second hand, making do with things the previous tenants or owners left behind. Now, for the first time in the 17 years we've been married, we have a bedroom that looks like we planned it this way.
He kissed me–no cheek this time–and said, "Thanks, honey."
After a lingering pause, during which I savored both my workmanship and the return of marital harmony, he said, "You're going to take an Xacto knife and get those spots on the woodwork where the paint seeped under the masking tape, right?"