The Norman Transcript


September 20, 2012

Home makeovers are a lot of work

NORMAN — Nowadays, beginners as well as the experienced may tackle home makeovers.

“Just look at these wonderful new colors,” Brenda exclaims, handing a fistful of samples to her husband.

He moans.

“I think I’m getting a headache. I can’t be around paint without feeling sick.” He hands the samples back.

“Oh, Brad, you’re kidding. I guess I’ll have to do the painting myself.” She drops the samples into her jacket pocket.

Brad defends himself.

“I can try it, I guess, and if I get too sick, you can send for the medics.” He coughs.

Brenda hides a ‘you are so lame’ look.

“I never heard about your allergy to paint. Besides, most of it doesn’t smell anymore. See for yourself.” She sticks an open sample up to Brad’s nose.

“It’s hurting my sinus!”

“Never mind,” Brenda says. “I’ll find an agent and begin looking for a new home — tomorrow.”

Brad’s mood lightens.

“You’re right,” he says. “I can breath okay. Let’s check out the rollers and stuff.”

Marie and Kenny want to freshen their five-year-old home, new to them. Marie excitedly chooses paint in select new colors.

“I can’t wait to get started,” she says.

An early riser, Ken begins painting before Marie wakens. By the time she stumbles in, he’s finished two walls.

“How do you like it?” he says.

“That’s amazing,” Marie comments, staring at the walls. “I had no idea the living room would look so interesting in blushing pink. That’s the color I intended for the bedroom, Ken. I wonder, now, how the bedroom will look in fire brick red, which was to be the paint for the living room.”

Ken throws the roller into the pan.

“Don’t worry,” Marie consoles him. “It’s acrylic. It dries fast. Coffee?”

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