It’s all in the details

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My husband and I painted houses for two summers during college. One of the first things I noticed about my husband (who wasn’t my husband at the time) was that he was meticulous. As one of his greatest characteristics, it is something that I love and hate about him all at the same time. I love the fact that he takes pride in his work and does his best to produce something excellent and worth doing. It drives me nuts when it takes a long time to get something done. I must admit I love HGTV because I don’t have to watch the endless hours of work they do. I can just watch their half hour program and at the beginning the room looks terrible and at the end it looks fabulous. (This might also explain why I am not a fan of “This Old House”, they don’t wrap it up in an episode)

After living in our home for four plus years we are finally taking bold steps to add some color and “design” to it. We did a little bit when we first moved in but our first daughter was due in less than a month so design kind of got put on the back burner and stayed there through two more kids. The major project that we are tackling is our living room. We decided to paint it. Then we realized that our trim looked terrible so that became our first priority. As I was down on my hands and knees for two hours tonight, scraping and sanding, I realized that the people who did this before were anything but meticulous. There were drips everywhere, crusty chunks of paint where the trim had been painted over and over again, and on the wall large spots that had been spackled but never sanded. I was so frustrated. How could someone do such a crappy job? Truth of the matter is that might have been me a few years ago. I want to see the finished product and right away. I don’t want to spend all that time taking care of details. Where is my half hour makeover? I am so thankful for my husband who is meticulous and wants things done the right way. His attention to details and doing it the right way is going to ensure that our living room is fabulous.

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One thought on “It’s all in the details

  1. Robin

    Opposites do indeed attract, by God’s design to compliment. Russ’ easygoing nature I love and his laidback drive I can’t stand! But boy do I thank God for him. Great reminder, Andrea. Thanks.

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