March…here and gone. Crazy how fast this month went by. I feel like March just popped its head around the corner and said, “Hey, girl, hey!” and went on its way. I’m thinking the main reason I feel it went by so quickly is because of the projects we took on and the relationships that were created during those projects.
This month we painted several entryways. The entryway or foyer is the first thing you see when you walk into your home. It’s also the first thing your guests see. The entryway sets the tone for the rest of the house. Most entryways are used and abused and need attention more often than one would think. A coat of paint can work wonders for refreshing this space and we sure did a lot of that this March.
Most of this month was spent at one house in particular. I’m going to call this house Mila’s house. This house was the recipient of a total makeover, pretty much. The homeowners had already remodeled the kitchen and torn out unnecessary built-in’s and closets, but they also replaced trim and doors and added closet shelving.
There were many items to paint and repair: ceilings, walls, trim, doors. The Sherwin-Williams colors we used on this project were an unexpected delight. Unfussy Beige, Slate Violet, and Crushed Ice were the two main colors we used on the walls, Snowbound on all the trim. I had never used Unfussy Beige or Slate Violet and was impressed with both.
It is always satisfying to see how paint can pull all the changes together, this house had a sweet exception…Mila. Mila is the homeowner’s daughter, the sweet exception that made our job fun. She is such an inquisitive and sweet little cutie pie who likes to play, do puzzles, read books, and really digs Peppa Pig. I looked forward to seeing little Mila each day and miss having her enthusiasm for life around the jobsite.
And The Winner is…
The Oscar winner thing that happened this month would have to be announcing the Be Unique Challenge winner. The Be Unique Challenge is in its 4thyear. We award a deserving, nominated person who gives back to their community with a free exterior paint job along with several other amazing items donated by our partners.
This year the Earley Family was awarded this honor and we couldn’t be more honored to present it to them. Chris and his wife, Sarah, give back tirelessly to their Grain Valley community, the Fort Osage School District, and their church. They were nominated by Tara Miller, a former client and a friend to the Earleys.
Exterior Season Is Upon Us
Another thing that is worth celebrating this month is the fact that we were able to paint our first exterior. Yay, Spring, and warmish temperatures!! I think the change of scenery in working outside made everyone just a little bit happier. The house we painted went a beautiful blue gray, Granite Peak by Sherwin-Williams. The homeowners had been contemplating which blue to use for quite some time, a little nervous about making the wrong decision. I do believe they made the right choice as they are thrilled with the outcome.
Relationships and Stories
In looking back over the timeline of the who’s, what’s, and where’s of the month, what glows like a white t-shirt under a black light are the relationships. This month, new relationships were established and old relationships were revisited.
With all of these relationships, new or old, come stories. The stories I’ve heard this month are remarkable. I’ve listened to stories with topics ranging from complete devastation, unrelenting sadness, personal triumph, and resounding joy, to bats, new babies, stress, transition, fires, and frustration. I’ve heard that hairstylists hear all the best stories, but I think my job ranks right up there.
I’m mentioning the stories because it all circles back to the relationship. When stories are shared so candidly, descriptions of worst days, and news of the most amazing things are discussed, a relationship seed is planted. I’m no longer helping a client I’m tending to someone who is more than an acquaintance…a friend.
If I worked with you this month and you spilled more than you expected, don’t worry, your stories are safe with me. If you have good stories to share AND have some painting that needs to be done, give us a shout, 816-500-7759.
Thanks for making March a quick but memorable month.