We got the color for the blue wall right on the first try, but it took us 4 tries to get the red right and 5 tries to get the cream to the color we wanted. Thankfully Home Depot sells small sample sizes of paint for only a couple dollars each, so we were able to buy a lot of colors, paint small sections of our walls, and then see what the colors would look like.
Once we settled on the colors it was down to the painting. We learned a little about ourselves in the process. Rachel was obsessed with drips and getting things absolutely perfect. Nick painted about twice as fast with about a third of the precision. Thus Nick was relegated to using taping around windows and using the roller while Rachel was in charge of all corners and tight spaces.
Our Back Patio
When we moved in this is what the back patio of our townhome looked like:
We decided to take out the mostly dead rosebushes, pull up the pavement, and then relay the pavers and build some raised garden beds around the edge of the area. Rachel took out the rose bushes, Nick dug out all of the base for the pavers, and then one Saturday in September we both rolled up out sleeves and actually laid the sand and the stones.