Monday, September 15, 2014

Our Nursery

*I know, it's been forever since I've updated the blog. In theory I'd like to do it a little more... but in reality it becomes the very last thing on my plate each and every day. I'd like to say that I'll post once in a while just to keep a record of what we do to the house. I really enjoy looking back over the last few years to see the dramatic changes we've made so far, so I'd like to keep up with it in a minimal way just to keep that going.

With that being said...

I would like to introduce our nursery!



*Disclaimer: The "after" photos are about 1.5 years old, taken just after Mia was born! It still looks about the same but we've added some blankets, and made some minor adjustments. I wanted to record the "original" nursery here for posterity.

So almost 5 years ago, we started with a basic box of a room. It was painted bright colors, and had wall-to-wall purple carpet. I saw potential!



First we ripped out the carpet, then we refinished the floors for the whole upstairs. For a couple years afterwards, the room became a dumping grounds for all sorts of mish/mash, hardware, storage, etc. Then we cleaned it out and it was our spare furniture storage closet. Then it became my workroom for painting furniture.

We knew this room would someday be a nursery. Months before I was pregnant I decided to just go ahead and paint the walls and trim. I just wanted a semi-finished space and I was sick of looking at this lilac and teal horror show.

Because we knew this would be the "someday" nursery I strategized about the paint color - nothing too girly or boyish. I picked a pale aqua - of course with white trim. I think we succeeded in making this room unisex. I assumed the addition of toys, blankets, etc, that we were sure to receive after the birth would make it lean girly or boyish but I like that all the foundation pieces of this room could go either way.

Incidentally, my insane nesting instinct went into overdrive those last few months of pregnancy. This is the only room in the house that I am still 100% satisfied with. It is the only room in the house I feel is "done"...










Sources:
Wall paint: Benjamin Moore Aura matte - color-matched "Pianissimo 7005-20" from Valspar
Trim paint: Benjamin Moore Ben semi gloss "Decorator's White"
Ceiling paint: Benjamin Moore Ben matte "Decorator's White"
Floor: Oak finished in MinWax Jacobean
Rug: Urban Outfitters Herringbone Rug - Grey
Dresser, Mirror, Nightstand: Vintage 1950's painted Benjamin Moore Aura satin "Stonington Gray"
Crib: DaVinci Jenny Lind - ebony finish
Ceiling light: Overstock Luray semi-flush fixture
Window Shades: Pottery Barn Grosgrain Ribbon Cordless - black
Chair: Buy Buy Baby upholstered rocker/recliner - ivory with black piping (custom order, not available on website)
Pouf: Etsy seller BobbleKnit
Table lamp: HomeGoods
Laundry Basket: HomeGoods
Paintings: original, IKEA Ribba frames
Bedding and changing pad cover: Land of Nod Aqua Diamonds collection (no longer available)
Bins: Lowes, not available on website
Rocking Dog: Restoration Hardware "Shaggy"
Large elephant paintings: my own originals. 
Small desert paintings: paint-by-numbers from the 1950s - found in another old piece of furniture.
Most of the small toys and baby items are gifts

Can't believe how that little girl has grown in the past year and a half!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Follow me on BlogLovin'...

Follow my blog with Bloglovin... https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/6172077

I nearly lost it when I found out a couple of months ago that Google Reader would be shut down. After trying a couple of other blog feeds, and not being completely satisfied, my friend told me about Bloglovin' - I'm going to give this a try.

In the meantime, working on some new posts and hoping to get back into it pretty soon. I feel as though there is lots to share. Just working on finding the time to squeeze it all in!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Mia

I've been keeping busy with my little lady, who is now almost 6 weeks old...

Photo taken when she was 2 weeks old

We are over the moon in love with our little Mia. She has completely taken over our lives in the best way possible.

So I swear I haven't abandoned this blog... her nursery is finished and I've finally managed to take some photos, which will be posted soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nursery Sneak Peek / Where have I been?

Right now I'm at 31 weeks and although we still have time, we've been working HARD the past few weeks trying to get the nursery together.

What we've done so far:
- finished painting the closet (thanks to Mom!) and now all surfaces are painted, yes!
- crib, dresser, chair, nightstand and lamp, all assembled/painted/delivered and in place
- acquired lots of baby stuff, unpacked and sorted into loose piles
- washed, sorted, and put away all baby clothes

What we need to do, yesterday:
- call electrician to install ceiling light
- acquire and hang window shades
- acquire and hang closet curtains
- acquire rug
- acquire toss pillows and comfy pouf ottoman thing
- organize shelves
- frame and hang artwork

What we need to do soon:
- pick out a name for this little one
- pack a hospital bag
- wait and freak out


Here is a sneak peek of the nursery: 
puppy rocker courtesy of my lil sis

Ok, so apparently I only post once every 3 months or so? What happened to me? I think I have a pregnancy-induced reluctance to sit on the blog. While we've been prepping and making the house cozy, I've just been meh about blogging. It's weird because it started almost exactly when I became pregnant. 

I've gone so far as to take a bunch of blogs off my reader. I have a really strong aversion to "crafting" and any mention of someone making custom labels for their leftover paint supply or anyone referring to themselves as a "maker" - it's just like ughhhhhhhh. Can't take myself that seriously. 

Also - I have, like, no time? What's up with that? I'm still going to sleep after midnight, waking up at 6:30am and running what feels like a marathon all day (big belly and all). Chores, errands, paperwork these things are, like, never-ending, in addition to my job. Thankfully the work load is lightening up and I will spend the next couple of weeks at work doing the "nesting" equivalent of office work. Organizing, throwing old stuff out, planning for the time I'm not there.

Now it's Christmas-time and I'm in overdrive getting presents wrapped and together. I think next year I'm going to cut back on presents. It's getting to be too much work. (Yes, I'm a Scrooge).

John told me he would be working late tonight, so when I got home I managed to get a bunch of Christmas lights up in the front window and even hung a wreath on the front stoop. I can't wait to surprise him. (I already made a big deal that I was too tired and busy to deal with Christmas decorations.) Well, 4 days before Christmas - not too bad, right?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Basement

Since we've had the driveway replaced, John pointed out that we haven't had any leaks or water in the basement when it rains. A minor victory!



I cleaned out the basement yesterday - 6 hours and 4 large construction bags later, we are almost all cleaned out. I still have to make a donation of some old items and we have to drag some old sheet rock and doors to the curb.
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I don't anticipate ever having a completely "finished" basement. We're looking for a cheap and quick update. We're both schkeeved every time we walk downstairs, and I hate feeling that way.

So we're thinking of having someone paint the space - ceiling, walls, and floor.

The basement is now used for:
- working out - we have a treadmill and weight bench
- laundry - right now we set it and forget it
- storage - the back corner is walled-off and we use it to store hardware, paint, etc

Ideally we would add the following function:
- Storage shelving for larger excess kitchen items, Christmas decoration, etc
- Storage area for toys and excess baby items
- Empty area for kids to play

The main goal is to keep it neat and simple, but it would be awesome to add some rugs and have cohesive shelving to prevent things from looking sloppy.

This shelving from IKEA might work out nicely:


I would also like to add some nicer track lighting. We currently have those flourescent tubes that are really harsh. 

Below are some examples of unfinished basements that have been painted - I would love a white ceiling, but I fear that it might take more coats of paint and get expensive, so I'm thinking a medium grey color.


Crazy how the ceiling paint immediately pulls it together:
 

I like the curtain the installed to the left of this photo, something like that might come in handy:
 

All white - looks nice, but might be too "neat" for the basement anyway?
 

Hopefully we can get this thing painted within the next few months - have to call up some people for estimates!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Nursery

The day we closed on our house, the third bedroom looked like this:


This room went through many stages over the past 2 and a half years. 

First weekend we owned the house, we tore out the purple carpet. 

6 months later we had the floor refinished (along with the rest of the second floor). Click here for the cruddy before photo.

Then we replaced the door to match the rest of the house, and added the missing quarter-round molding.

Last winter I painted all the trim white and painted the walls soft aqua blue - Benjamin Moore matched to Valspar Pianissimo:


Last winter I painted the dresser and mirror soft grey:


We just got around to hanging the mirror. 

The dresser was a little musty smelling. I had tried cleaning with Murphy's oil, spraying with vinegar water, and then I left sprinkles of baking soda in the drawers for a long time. I left the drawers open for a year just to air out, but none of these remedies worked! So last week my mother and I gave the inside of the drawers a quick coat of polyurethane. It is airing out right now and so far so good. 


The ceiling fan has to go. I ordered a new light from Overstock. I really hope it works out because the price was almost too good to be true. Crossing my fingers and will be sure to write it up when we're done with that.

I'm just so glad we are this far along at this point! I still have some touch ups to do on the built in closet shelves. Then I'll tackle the window treatments. I already have a crib and comfy chair picked out. Also I need to shop for some lamps, pillows and fun stuff. There is a new Home Goods opening up nearby in a couple weeks. Just saying.



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Big news!

Just dusting off the cobwebs in here. Wow. My longest hiatus by far, it's been over 3 months since my last post.

What the what???

I've been busy doing a million things, traveling, and - you know - making a baby.

barefoot and pregnant at 13 weeks

I just haven't had the desire to do much of anything the past few months. It's weird. I think there are many psychological side effects of this craziness.

But now I am a woman on a mission. 
I have a long to-do list that I won't bore you with. But basically it's like:
Part A: Do all this stuff before baby is born
Part B: Forget about accomplishing anything from Part A after baby is born

I'm due February 20th. Just under 6 months from now. Can I get it all done? Will I drive myself crazy trying? Is anybody even reading this anymore? Besides my mom?