We have been busy little bees around our house lately, and I suspect we are both suffering from some SERIOUS nesting syndrome. Well, at least that is Katie’s excuse. I’m not sure if dads suffer from that or not, but it’s the only reason I can think of to explain why I’ve been going NONSTOP.
When we first moved into our house, we had some very ugly spare bedrooms. Like this one:
The walls were a mustardy yellow, the ceilings had popcorn texture and the fan had dust on it from 1974. We set it up to serve its purpose (a place for our kids to sleep), but it really just felt like a prison for children. Not a happy place at all, and nothing like our old nursery.
After a lot of hard work, this is what it is looking like now:
Here’s a list of what we have done so far:
- Removed popcorn ceiling
- Re-textured ceiling
- Painted ceiling (1 coat primer, 2 coats ceiling paint)
- Installed crown-molding
- Re-painted room (Valspar’s Autumn Fog)
- Installed plank walls and shelf
- Installed farmhouse looking wall sconces
- Put up curtains
- Got a new rug
- Found an old solid wood dresser (to use as a changing table) on craigslist for $89
11. Painted the dresser (Valspar’s Blindfold) and replaced drawer pulls
12. Hung the mobile that we made for our last nursery
13. Decorated the new shelf
14. Made a whale pillow out of an old pair of jeans (Katie just skipped “sewing for beginners” and moved on to the hard stuff)
15. Hung a clock (Benjamin loves clocks)
And I think that is about it…for now. We still have plans to add some art above the dresser/changing table, and Katie is planning on sewing some custom bedding that should complete the whole room.
There’s also a closet in there that we plan on redoing.
So far, we are in love with this room. I find myself wandering in there often to sit in the chair and daydream about our next baby sleeping in his crib. It’s really hard to believe that we are going to have TWO boys. I hope the next one is as sweet as this little guy:
Here’s a view from the other side of the room…
And if you look closely, you’ll see the other room we have been working on. Carly now has her own “big girl” room, and that needed some work too. And when I say it needed some work, I basically mean to duplicate the entire list above. Sheesh.
Here’s a closer look:
We’ll be back to share that room and a breakdown of what we did…after we catch our breath.