Makes It All Worth It Friday~ Windows and Paint moved into our house 3 years ago when I was pregnant with DS#1. We have a 3 bedroom (+1 nursery) condo and since I was 6 months pregnant at the time I refused to buy a fix it upper. You see, I had spent years working on our last condo and I was done. I had put the crown molding and baseboards in myself with a friend. I had built a mantel for our fireplace from scratch. I had painted. I had workers come in to help me redo our kitchen and main bathroom. I installed a sink and new lights. After we had finished I loved it all. It was gorgeous. Then I got pregnant and stayed pregnant. Suddenly our 2 bedroom condo became too small and we had to move. Like, NOW!

I had made the deal with my husband that if we were going to really move then I wanted to be in before I was 6 months along and I didn’t want to have to do any work on it to be happy with it. Basically, move in condition. I also had a ton of other criterion, but I’m not going to bore you with those details (I mean, seriously, an elevator in the building when you live on the 3rd and 4th floors are essential!)

When we saw this place we knew it was the “one” and I could see us starting a family here. It was perfect in every way….except the paint. It was brown everywhere. I’m not talking chocolate brown. I’m talking rose brown. What’s worse is that the living space (one big room that combines our living room, dining room, and kitchen) was two colors of brown, but they were so close in color I didn’t even realize it until I was moved in. There I was, huge as a whale, eating something (hey, I was pregnant I was eating for two) on the couch, watching TV, and simultaneously admiring our new home.

Me: “Hey, look at those walls. Are they the same color?”

Hubby: “What walls?”

Me: “Those, over there, behind the TV.”

Hubby: “Yeah. They’re brown.”

Now let me state the obvious…he’s color blind. Asking him what color it is would be like asking a cat to see in 3D. They don’t, by the way.

So I get off my fat blubber butt and waddle to the wall. Hmmmm. I look at the corners. Yup! Two different colors of brown that are so close I had to walk to see the difference. LAME!

Well, I began the complaining. I wanted new paint. I wanted it, wanted it, wanted it! But, I was pregnant and hubby wouldn’t couldn’t do it (he has zero patience for home improvement projects). This meant we had to hire someone. Blech.

Then hubby decides to tell me he wants to put a window into bedroom a wall. Yes, I said it right. A window. In a wall. Inside the house. I didn’t, but I did my wifely duty to raise his self-esteem and humor him. “Oh yes honey, that would be cool.” As I rolled my eyes so far back into my head that I could see behind me. Unfortunately he didn’t catch on to my subtle sarcasm and decided to do it.

Fast forward 3 years. We have baby #2 and hubby is now even more obsessed with this stupid window. He announces to me one day that his handy friend is coming to visit and they will be installing the window…..themselves. I began to vocalize my discontent in a not so subtle manner. “What do you mean you’re going to do it?? What is the point of putting a window that’s not facing outside?” A fight followed and there were many days of silence. It was one of those “If I hear the word window one more flipping time I’m going to freak out” silences. You know, where your body gets tense and you hear whispers in your mind that says “Window. Window. Window.” Wait, you dont’ have voices in your head chanting?? Crap…errrr.

Anyways, after weeks of this I caught him proceeding with plans. Apparently he mistook my silence for resignation. (He missed the “You’re wife is pissed so she’s stonewalling you” seminar.)

So I did what any wife would do.

I pulled up my sleeves and used the “Fine. If you put in your stupid window then I get to paint and decorate however I want without one word of complaint from you” card.

Two weeks ago the window was put in. Today, my living space is now tan (not brown) and a blueish green.

Let me tell you….as I sit here and admire my new space and colors….it makes the fight and stupid beautiful window all worth it. *hehe*

Ever had a fight that turned out to be worth it in the end?? Share with us at Mothers’ Hideaway!

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  1. Hi! I’m already following! Thanks for hosting. I’m excited to be here for the 2nd time. I’m linked up with my post. :)

    Happy Friday!

    Lisa xoxo

  2. So where’s the final product :) I want to see the room you fought so hard for!!

  3. Oh, we’ve had about a million of those! We remodeled last year and spent quite a bit of time trading off things we wanted!

  4. Well, do we get a picture of the window? Okay, it probably looks just like any window, but it must have worked out good! Anyway I did mine. It’s a lot heavier than I thought but it ended good.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. I wanna see!!
    New follower here from Friendly Friday. Please follow me back at

  6. After maybe 6 years of living there, my husband and I noticed that our bedroom was two different shades of brown/taupe. It made us think we were crazy! :)

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday!

  7. In a perfect world, husbands would never even think about decorating the house. They would say, “yes dear” and do it for us without any argument.

  8. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Stopping from Mom Loop! We so need to paint our house. Have a great weekend!

  9. OMG Brown paint! So glad u got rid of it. I have to wait until my father in law comes in town just to get anything done around here.

  10. My husband is color blind too! Glad you got the paint colors you wanted in the end :)

  11. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I love baseball and so does my oldest son. the others not so much,be we took the oldest to his first MLB game when he was two (someone gave us free tickets) but around us we have some great cheap and even free teams to go watch. these are especially nice because they aren’t usually crowded so I don’t’ feel horrible if the kids get antsy and move around. I say break ’em in early, but our also started playing tball at 4 too. you’d think I was a jock, but I am SO not. love watching though.

    • MothersHideaway says:

      Both boys went when they were 5 months old (hehe, yeah I know..doesn’t count) and my oldest went at 18 months. Hopefully next summer we will take him again!

  12. I have a question. When you blog are your children around? I imagine you sitting outside your beautiful home while the children are playing nicely inside. Maybe that is what I need to imagine when I write?
    From Mom Loop.

    Peaceful Wishes,

    • MothersHideaway says:

      Ha! I wish. Usually they’re napping, it’s late at night, or my 5 month old is sucking my arm while my 2 year old is watching “Train Shows” on YouTube (don’t judge! hehe). I like your version better, though!

  13. I’m glad it was worth it in the end. If it was my hubby, the window might get installed, but parts of it would be left undone for months! Drives me bonkers!

  14. Sounds like it all worked out in the long run! And yes, you NEED an elevator on those floors!

  15. This was a great post! The important thing is that you got your way. Is the window tolerable, I hope? Such a random thing for your husband to want that badly! It made me laugh. :)

  16. Thank you for the kind words, I am so sorry to hear that you also suffer from chronic illness. It’s just not fair. Best wishes to you. Favor follow returned looking forward to seeing more. Thank you again!

  17. Ah- the dreaded “FINE!” card– sure sign that something’s brewing in the way of tension hahaha

  18. The world is getting so much more complicated. While I am very much a feminist, I am also a big believer in keeping certain spheres of influence unmuddied. It seems that what we’ve gained in public life and in the outside workplace has been a little offset by the new rules of domesticity…men think they can cook and that means that domestic tasks have been shared (yeah, right — they get to play with fire and then leave us a messy kitchen to clean). AND NOW they all also think they are interior designers.

    Well, we shall all need to see the photos to judge your current situation. At least you traded well — if he gets his silly window you get blanket authority on all other design choices!

  19. I’m glad your fight worked out so good..I don’t remember having fight that turned out right!

  20. That’s funny. I always buy an awful color as a test sploch. I plaint a bit on the wall and then wait until my husband hates it enough to finish the job. Works like a charm.

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