Paint-a-Palooza 2014

This weekend was a big one! I had pretty high (and possibly a little unrealistic) expectations for our productivity. I charged my hubs and I with the task of painting the walls and trim in our soon-to-be nursery. Now, I say the expectations may have been unrealistic because if you factor in dry times, I’m not sure the task was actually possible. Pshhh… details! Right?

Anyway, Friday we had a very nice dinner with our friends and got to see their sweet little 6-month-old, Ellie. She is literally cute as a button. It was fun getting to love on her… even Toby got to come!

Our friends have a GIANT Goldendoodle who thinks Toby is a toy. Needless to say, he was pretty tuckered out.

Our friends have a GIANT Goldendoodle who thinks Toby is a toy. Needless to say, he was pretty tuckered out by the end of it.

On Saturday, we were up bright and early to get started. Step 1 was getting everything out of the room. Hardware, drapes, etc.

Cleaning out the room...

Cleaning out the room…

Step 2: time to tackle the trim. Lots of sanding, wiping down the trim/walls/doors, vacuuming the dust, etc.

Mark's sweet Momma (Milly) came to help us!!

Mark’s sweet Momma (Milly) came to help us!!

And we made Mark vacuum the ceiling. Can’t have any dust lingering up there when the baby comes!

Mark was not a fan of this job.

Mark was not a fan of this job.

Step 3: We had to wedge tape under the trim to protect the carpet and then cover everything with a drop cloth, and tape up the window.

Almost ready to paint!

Almost ready to paint!

Taping up the carpet in the closet.

Taping up the carpet in the closet.

We paused for a picture... still happily painting for our baby girl :)

We paused for a picture… still happily prepping for our baby girl 🙂

Step 4: Finally, it was time to prime the trim and the doors. PS: doing anything to louvered doors SUCKS.

Doors and trim are primed!

Doors and trim are primed!

Step 5: BREAK TIME! At this point, it was 11:30 PM. Mark made a package of grand biscuits and I decided to lay down for a second.

Step 6: Mark paints the first coat of paint on the trim and fills all the holes in the wall. Melissa is passed out on the couch.

Just a quick nap... that ends at 330 AM. Note: this evening happened to be daylight's savings, so we lost an hour.

Just a quick nap… that ends at 330 AM. Note: this evening happened to be daylight’s savings, so we lost an hour.

Step 7: Back at it at 330 am to do the second coat of paint on the trim and the doors. In the end, we did 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Extra Pure White paint. We haven’t done this yet, but we are going to need to do one more coat on the trim, as you can still see some wood through in areas. BOO!

Post-nap paint.

Post-nap paint.

Step 8: Literally at about 7am, we finally finished and went to bed. Baby, if you’re reading this, you should know that we REALLY love you already… and that’s what drove us to keep going. Now, this was probably a bit much, but apparently, we lost perspective at this point.

Step 9: Woke up at about 1pm and got started again.

Step 10: Tape the trim & prime the walls.

Trim is taped, it's primer time!

Trim is taped, it’s primer time!

Step 11: Cut in and start rolling on the paint! We ended up changing the paint at the last minute and went with Sherwin Williams Requisite Grey.

Mark is excellent at cutting in!

Mark is excellent at cutting in!

Milly came back to help!

Milly came back to help!

Almost done with the first coat!

Almost done with the first coat!

Step 12: Finally at 930pm, we ate dinner and relaxed. Job done for the day.

So, now that it’s Monday, what’s left?

  1. It looks like we might be good with just one coat of paint on the walls, BUT, we are going to need to touch them up tonight.
  2. We didn’t fill the holes in the trim or use caulk where the trim connects to the wall. We are going to do this and then paint one last coat of paint over the trim.
  3. The closet doors need more paint. Probably have 2-3 coats left.
  4. The entrance door needs to be primed and painted.

And once all that’s done, we can install the chandelier and build the crib and the glider… because we officially ordered them both on Saturday! Yay! With the coupon, ended up being $920 for both. Not too shabby!

Also, I stopped at TJ Maxx on Friday and picked up a bunch of cute decor. For everything, I only spent $120!

Mercury glass lamp, two throw pillos, storage basket, soft basket for toys, 4 picture frames for the gallery wall and two window panels in a cute sheer white with embroidery!

Mercury glass lamp, two throw pillos, storage basket, soft basket for toys, 4 picture frames for the gallery wall and two window panels in a cute sheer white with embroidery!

Symptoms

By the time Thursday hits, I will definitely be MORE than ready for vacation. I pushed it a little hard this weekend, so I’m going to try and get to bed early this week. As for how I’m feeling, besides tired, I feel great! Everything is really coming together and I couldn’t be happier. I’m also VERY excited to have some non-working time with Marky. Perfect timing!

Nursery Design Complete(ish)

The other night, Mark and I were sitting in the nursery trying to decide if everything was going to fit. Ultimately, he said that we’d make it work once it came. Me being me couldn’t let that be the end. SO, taking my mother’s suggestion, I decided to use graph paper to mock up the room and furniture, to scale, and play around with different layouts.

This is what I’ve ended up with…

The room layout with decor ideas all along the corresponding walls. A gallery wall over the changing table with this cute mirror from Home Depot. The crib netting and mobile from Restoration Hardware. A picture, some wall flowers, and two floating shelves in the corner behind the glider. And then, a homemade growth chart ruler made with some scrap wood we have from our wedding photo booth.

The room layout with decor ideas all along the corresponding walls. A gallery wall over the changing table with this cute mirror from Home Depot. The crib netting and mobile from Restoration Hardware. A picture, some wall flowers, and two floating shelves in the corner behind the glider. And then, a homemade growth chart ruler made with some scrap wood we have from our wedding photo booth.

Before I had selected the layout, here are some of the options I came up with…

My #1 Option. Note: the glider has the wrong dimensions and is actually smaller.

My #1 Option. Note: the glider has the wrong dimensions and is actually smaller.

Another option...

Another option…

And yet another!

And yet another!

Then, after going through a bazillion paint swatches and three sample cans of paint (all of which made it to the wall), I think I’ve finally selected a paint.

The many paint swatches...

The many paint swatches…

The final selection... Sherwin Williams (which I could have sworn was actually SherMAN Williams) Alpaca.

The final selection… Sherwin Williams (which I could have sworn was actually SherMAN Williams) SW 7022 Alpaca.

So obviously, once my colors were selected and the layout was set, I had to put together a little inspiration board, or whatever you’d call it.

The colors are more yellow because of the way the camera took the photo, but here it is. The first ivory color is similar to that of the furniture. Then the next two colors (grey and white) are for the walls and trim. Next are three pink variations for accent colors and finally, the dark grey, which is close to the color of the glider. Voila!

The colors are more yellow because of the way the camera took the photo, but here it is. The first ivory color is similar to that of the furniture. Then the next two colors (grey and white) are for the walls and trim. Next are three pink variations for accent colors and finally, the dark grey, which is close to the color of the glider. Voila!

And as a recap, here’s what we’ve decided in terms of furniture…

The Crib: Sorelle Verona Panel Lifetime Crib from Babies R’ Us

Sorelle Verona Panel Lifetime Crib from Babies R' Us

Sorelle Verona Panel Lifetime Crib from Babies R’ Us

The Dresser: South Shore Hopedale 6-Drawer Dresser from Walmart (they have the cheapest price and free shipping!)

South Shore Hopedale 6-Drawer Dresser from Wayfair

South Shore Hopedale 6-Drawer Dresser from Walmart

The Bookshelf: Sauder Living Room Library Bookcase from WalMart (originally found this on Wayfair, but cheapest price is from WalMart)

Sauder Living Room Library Bookcase from WalMart

Sauder Living Room Library Bookcase from Walmart

The Glider: Kacy Collection Madison Glider & Ottoman in Ash from Babies R’ Us

Kacy Collection Madison Glider from Babies R' Us

Kacy Collection Madison Glider from Babies R’ Us

The Chandelier: Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier from Home Depot

Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier from Home Depot

Hampton Bay Maria Theresa 6-Light Chrome Chandelier from Home Depot

As for the pink accents, I’m thinking of doing little things like this…

Grey, Cream, Blush & Gold... a thought!

Gallery Wall Accent Pops

Polka accents in gold/blush.

Polka accents in gold/blush.

I will likely be doing some crafting and/or InDesign(ing) for the gallery wall art. No need to buy that stuff. And then maybe a pink pillow or two, and subtle little decorative pieces… it’s going to be decorated in no time!

Symptoms

We leave for Mexico in less than a week and I’m just so excited! Can we consider this our sweet girl’s first time out of the country? By the time she’s born, she will have been to NYC and Mexico. Quite the little traveler.

As for me, I’m feeling great. Happy and excited to be making progress on the nursery. Excited for the trip. Loving all the kicks, pokes and prods of our little baby. Life is good and really, I’m loving being pregnant.

 

Shades of Grey

For all my family that reads this, DON’T WORRY, I’m not about to get weird. I’m talking about paint shades!

On Monday, I went over to Sherman Williams to grab some grey paint swatches to try out in the nursery. When I got them home, I realized I was way off. Out of the 15 swatches (literally) that I brought home, I didn’t like any of them. So today, I ran over to Home Depot over lunch. I decided to stick with Behr, because I’ve had a lot of success with the paint and it’s cheaper. Plain and simple.

Anyway, at first I was picking colors on my own, and then I decided to enlist the Home Depot paint man. We’ll call him Fred to make the story easier. So, I showed Fred my “inspiration photo” and asked him if any of the 10 swatches I was holding were close and what he would recommend for a small room with moderate to low light. Surprise, surprise… I was way off again. After about 5-10 minutes of discussing colors, I decided to purchase two sample paint jars for $2.77 each. Here’s what I ended up with…

My "inspiration photo"... I just love how warm and simple this looks. While grey is usually considered a cooler color, something about the lighting, the ivory furniture and the white trim really warm it up to be so cozy.

My “inspiration photo”… I just love how warm and simple this looks. While grey is usually considered a cooler color, something about the lighting, the ivory furniture and the white trim really warm it up to be so cozy.

GREY OPTION #1 (the lighter version)

Behr Color 790e-1

Behr Color 790e-1

GREY OPTION #2 (the darker version)

Behr Color 790e-2

Behr Color 790e-2

For the trim, I’m thinking just a plain old ultra pure white…

1850 Ultra Pure White

1850 Ultra Pure White

 

So, if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to slap these colors on the wall and HOPEFULLY get closer to picking a color by… THE WEEKEND! Yes, I want to paint this weekend. Maybe that’s unrealistic, but I’m up for the challenge, as is my hubs.

As for techniques, I learned a lot from Fred:

  • Unless there is a semi-gloss or gloss paint on our current walls, it is not necessary to sand the walls before painting. If there is a semi-gloss or gloss, a light sand is recommended.
  • For the trim, if there is a high-sheen coating (forgot the name), we will need to sand down to the bare wood. If there is just a stain, a light sand will do. He recommended this sander:
3M Pro Grade 2-1/2 in. x 4-1/2 in. Extra-Fine Sanding Sponge

3M Pro Grade 2-1/2 in. x 4-1/2 in. Extra-Fine Sanding Sponge

  • Fred recommended prepping the trim and walls first. Then, paint the walls, then trim. My husband and I have been debating this, as he things trim first and I think walls first. Fred said walls first… and I swear, I didn’t even prompt him.
  • We have a louvered closet door. I had no idea that was the name, but essentially, it’s a slatted door. The closet door guy recommended that we use spray paint on the door because getting in the grooves is a pain in the rear with a brush. He recommended this spray paint:
    Spray Paint

    Spray Paint

    I’m not sure how I feel about this, but it’s something to explore. We’re also thinking about renting a paint sprayer from Home Depot, but this is TBD.

  • Brush recommendation for the trim:
$12 option...

$12 option…

$6 option

$6 option

  • Roller recommendation for the walls:
    Cheaper version...

    Cheaper version…

    More expensive version.

    More expensive version.

     

  • Roller recommendation for the main nursery entrance door:

    Smooth

    Smooth

Productive lunch, huh? Hopefully with all this, we’ll be ready to sand and paint this weekend!

Symptoms

Yesterday, I had my first real bloody nose ever. All I can say is, “Woof!” I hate blood. Hopefully that doesn’t happen often. Otherwise, I’m feeling pretty good. Still pretty overwhelmed and emotional. The husband and I got into it yesterday (again) about the registry items/expenses/etc. and I’m not going to lie, the “discussion” ended with FULL sobbing. Actually, I was pretty much sobbing the entire time. I can’t remember the last time I cried so hard. I just felt so overwhelmed.

It ended with a good hug and I think we both feel better. It feels like we’re on the same page I think. With all the money being spent and the nerves of having another little life joining our family in 4 months, I think stress levels are just a little high. But, it helped to talk it out last night. Once I stopped sobbing of course. And today, I’m feeling really good. Excited to take on the nursery with my hubs. I’m sure the painting project will take way too long and will suck a bit, but for now, I’m excited to work on it with Mark. He’s pretty fun. AND, for all those worried about pregnant me and paint fumes, the room will be well ventilated. I think we’ll be just fine!

The other notable thing is that this sweet little love nugget is a kicking machine this week, and today especially. Mark and I joked that this is her way of saying, “no fighting or else mom gets kicked.” Or maybe she’s just feeling spunky today. Ugh, I can’t wait to hug her. She’s definitely getting bigger and starting to feel like a mini person moving around in there (versus feeling like gas or just a little poke). There is some full-on movement and I’m not gonna lie, it gets a bit distracting sometimes. Especially when she tries to rearrange my organs while I’m in a meeting… or the vagina pokes. Eesh.