Man paints house purple to make wife smile

Posted at 2:58 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 21:27:21-04

TULSA -- If you are driving in east Tulsa, you may pass a house that will leave you asking questions. 

The purple two-story home with a bright red roof is in a pretty standard neighborhood. Many of the houses around it are brown brick with brown shingle roofs. 

"The trim is sugarplum and the siding is exotic purple," John Smith said of the paint colors on his home. 

Smith switched it up because that is what his wife wanted. He said she had a fantasy about a purple home with a red roof.

He is his wife's caretaker and part of that job is keeping a smile on her face. 

"She doesn't get out much at all," Smith said of his wife. "About the only time she's been out lately is to go to a doctor or hospital or emergency room or something like that."

Smith and his wife have been married for 51 years. 

She found the paint colors she wanted online and he made it happen. 

He got several bids. Smith said many of the painters did not think the colors would work, but he found one who would do it. 

The paint job was just finished up last week. His bright red metal roof has been up for about three weeks. 

"No, I'd never say I dreamed it," Smith said. 

Neighbors originally reached out to us upset about the house. After telling them the reasoning behind the bright colors, they said all is forgiven. 

Next, Smith's wife wants white window screens, so that is his next project.

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