A couple months ago, one of our basement rooms was completely unfinished. Amanda had it drywalled and had some new heating ductwork installed (there's now a cool-looking exposed silver pipe where there was ugly basement-y metal ducting before); she did the drywall taping, mudding, and texturing herself. And over the weekend, she and I painted it! We used a cool, mossy green for the room and a deep blue for the closet. She did the more difficult bits, since I didn't have any experience painting, but I rolled one coat for the room and both coats for the closet.
Painting was a lot of fun, although I can't help thinking that the whole reason it was fun was that we were using such bold colors. Because of that, we got to see the room transform before our eyes. If we'd been using white, the change wouldn't have been so drastic, and it wouldn't have been nearly as exciting. Come to think of it, why does anyone ever paint a room white?
In any case, it's gratifying to have worked on the House, even in this small way. I've been saying that I've been helping out, and it hasn't been true, not really -- I mean, y'know, ooh, look at me, I screwed on an outlet cover. But this weekend, I finally did help. And the room looks great. Yay!