Sometimes finding happiness takes a lot of hard work. This week at “Mommy Monsters,” I reflect on a quote Julie posted at “Happy Catholic” by Jim Elliot, the first husband of evangelical icon Elisabeth Elliot, on what it takes for a couple to be happy. To wit, the wife focuses on the 80% of her husband that she likes, rather than the 20% she wants to change.
Last week, I took the same approach to my house. Inspired by my dear friends Katy and Todd, who “borrowed” my grandmother’s buffet and painted it a lovely shade of white (and replaced the wooden shelves with glass ones, and installed interior lighting), I went to the store and purchased eight quarts of paint (they told me a quart was the smallest unit I could buy). Then I started painting, to see what color would work.
Kermit green. No good. Too dark.
Peaceful leaf. Lighter, but still reminds me of lime Jell-O. Next.
Chopped chive. Nope. Too yellow.
Finally … after painting it all over with gray primer, Eureka! Limonata!
I now have two of my dining room walls painted … including the one where the refurbished buffet now rests, beautifully appointed with my favorite china and crystal serving dishes. They sparkle. They shine. They glisten.
They give me a rush of pleasure every time I look in their direction. Turns out … happiness is one corner of the world where beauty and order reign supreme. Who’d have thought?
Next week … the kitchen. I’ll keep you posted.
Oh … I almost forgot. If you’re as hopeless as I am when it comes to envisioning the right color/intensity/complementary in your corner of the world, I discovered this AMAZING free program, courtesy of Valspar paint. Pick a room, pick a palate … or let them pick it for you. To get started, just click here!