We are super excited to be officially started on the nursery!
Remember the spare room that we turned into an office just last spring?
Um, yeah it’s now undergoing another little transformation to become a nursery for the little guy… We actually never even officially “finished” the room before we found out we were pregnant. Oops. I guess sometimes decorating ADHD happens for a reason?
Some people have asked me why we don’t just use the other spare room as a nursery so we don’t have to un-office the office. The thing is that we really need a spare room with a full size bed for when my parents and other friends/family come stay with us. And it fits much better in the yellow room, as the office is a couple feet smaller than the yellow room, so it’s pretty cramped with a full size bed in there (back when it was purple we had an air mattress on a bed frame and the room felt teeny.) So converting the office makes the most sense for sure. I know it’s pretty ridiculous that we did the whole office makeover just months ago, but undoing all of our work to turn it into a nursery doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I’ve never been more excited! Office, schmoffice.
Let me just apologize right now for having absolutely zero progress pictures… sometimes I just get so excited to do things that I forget to take pictures while it’s happening!
So first of all, we cleared the room and took everything off the walls, including all the shelving and desk on my favorite wall. Then we filled and sanded holes. I’ll spare you those details, but here’s how we do that.
Then we painted the walls in Valspar’s “Woodlawn Colonial Gray.”
It took a couple mister wrongs to find this perfect gray, but I’m so glad we took the time to purchase samples of paint before committing to a color because gray can be super tricky. It can feel cold easily, and it has different undertones that are hard to see in a swatch. Some were too blue, some too green, and the one I almost bought a gallon of turned out to be way too purple when I got some of the sample up on the wall. Testing different colors allowed me to realize that I actually prefer grays that have a little beige in them, and this guy is the perfect greige. I think it definitely reads as gray when you first see it, but when you keep looking you start to think, “wait, is it kinda beige?” Totally what I was going for.
The best part of the whole thing was that painting it only took 1 coat and the two of us got it done in less than an hour! And don’t worry, I asked my doctor if it was okay to paint and his exact words were “of course!” He said just to make sure I open a window, take breaks, and use a mask if I was using any oil-based paint. We used Valspar’s Signature paint, which is low VOC and and I used a mask, so no worries here.
And it’s exactly what I was imagining. Once the paint dried, we hung navy curtains (Target clearance, woot!) and rehung two IKEA stainless steel shelves that were originally in the same spot back when the room was purple. The rocker/glider will go under those shelves. Wow, the curtains really need to be ironed.
I was a little worried that the gray might clash with the beige hallway, but with the beige undertones in the gray, I think they actually look great together. Here’s the view from the mud room.
So yeah, we have a painted nursery! Woohoo! There’s still lots of stuff on the to-do list, but I feel so relieved to have started it. Here’s what I’m thinking:
- An awesome accent wall (on the wall where the desk was)… I’ll leave you in suspense on that…
- Change out the light fixture (the current one is awesome but totally looks like a flower, so we’ll probably move that to another room)… I have a DIY idea for this, but I’m going to wait to share that info too.
- Get furniture, like a crib and glider…
- Do a little dresser re-arranging/makeover, which will double as a changing table… more on that plan later too!
- DIY and hang some art… I have some ideas on my “Baby” board on Pinterest, but I haven’t committed to anything yet.
- DIY some sort of picture ledges that will serve as bookshelves… to create sort of a wall of books.
I’m sure there’s a billion other things that I haven’t thought of, but that’s the basics… so stay tuned!