Heidi July 1st, 2008
Please allow me to introduce you…..
….. to our shed.
She’s in our backyard and, as you can see, in dire need of a new complexion.
When we first bought our house and saw our little shed out back, Charming said, “Let’s paint it red with white trim. Like a barn.”
I narrowly eyed the one brown side of the shed and said, “Hm, I don’t know. I kind of like the brown….. I think it would look good in pictures.”
“Aw deeb!” Charming laughed and rolled his eyes affectionately, “Everything comes down to pictures with you, doesn’t it?”
I smiled and shrugged my shoulders, “Maybe.”
Charming smiled back and shook his head and we went back to chasing the Wooga monster around the deck.
Then a couple months later, Charming said again, “I think it’s time to paint the shed. I’d still like to paint it red with white trim. What do you think?”
By this time, my infamous first customers had come and gone and I’d taken this picture:
And I’d roundly decided the brown was what I wanted.
So, I told Charming, “The brown is what I want.”
And being the great sport that he is, he nodded and said, “Okay. Let’s do the brown.”
Then he rummaged around inside the shed and produced a can of finishing stain that the previous owner had left behind.
“I think this is the brown stain they started to use,” Charming said, “I’ll use it to start right away!”
And he eagerly painted a strip on the side of the shed, stepped back, scratched his chin and then came inside to get me.
“Uh, Heidi,” he said in a tone that made me nervous, “It’s not the brown after all…..”
“Holy smokes, you’re right!” I replied, “That’s definitely not the brown…..”
Then we stepped back to assess it.
“So what do you think?” Charming asked, “I kind of like it. And we already have the can. What do you say we just use it and do the whole thing?”
My photographer’s eye recoiled and I said, “Well, it’s okay….. But I don’t think it would look as good in pictures as the neutral brown does. I think it would clash…..”
“You really think so?” Charming asked, looking at it more closely, “I’m not so sure it would. I think it would be okay.”
I looked closer, too, and my photographer’s eye started to really shudder.
“Nope, sorry, I just don’t feel good about this…..” I said, “Do you mind holding off on painting the rest until we can decide?”
Charming nodded in his easygoing manner, “That’s fine. I guess there’s no rush to finish it right now.”
Then I pulled out my pictures and did a little copying and pasting, to get an idea of what that color would have looked like with my first customers…..
And this rough idea is what I came up with.
So now I’m turning to you, my dear friends.
And ask for your help in answering our pressing question…..