Holy smokes batman we’re already halfway through this challenge! The first three weeks have flown by, but so far despite a tight timeline and being a sleep deprived pregnant lady I think we’re keeping up!
Week 1 we shared all of the nitty gritty plans and the blank space we were starting with as a reference. Week 2 was all about ripping out old carpet and installing some hardwood floors (and happy dancing the entire time) and doing some beginning paint work. The ceiling was painted a bright white, and the accent wall was prepped for wallpaper.
This week’s progress? That fun buffalo check wallpaper we talked about! I’m happy to report that the wallpaper went up successfully, M and I are still married AND we even still like each other. It took some convincing to get him on board with the pattern and the fact that I fell in love with wallpaper for this space in general, but he was a good sport about it in the end and we got the entire wall done together (together was a smart idea, this was not a 1 person job!) in about 2 hours. I don’t really have a benchmark for that one since this was our first time, but I think we prepped ourselves for the worst and ended up pretty happy with the outcome!
Of course as every good project goes, this wallpaper created a domino affect and had me itching to paint right away. We were originally planning on doing a lighter neutral wall with smokey blue curtains, we ended up swapping that idea and went with a light blue paint after staring at a few swatches.
Here was our first round of colors:
Left to Right: BM Pelican Gray, BM Barren Plains, SW Passive Gray, BM Sleigh Bells, BM Gray Tint
And here were the blue’s we ended up switching to:
Left to Right: BM Misty Blue, BM Beacon Gray, BM Airway, BM Mt. Rainier Gray
The winning color? Benjamin Moore’s Mt. Rainier Gray! Based on the samples we looked at, we wanted a softer blue that had gray undertones so it felt both boy and calming and didn’t fight for attention with the buffalo check.
I was able to paint the room in an afternoon, and we threw up some white curtains just to see what we were working with for the time being. I’m not sure these plain white ones will stay for good (at least without adding some fun detail and of course hemming them) or if we’ll find new ones, but we’re starting to officially look like a room again!
And, just like the wallpaper led to the paint, the paint led to furniture 🙂
One late night this week (hence the terrible iPhone picture), M and I decided to test our marriage once again, AND even put a timer on to see how bad it would be, and we assembled the crib. Guys, the horror stories I’ve heard with these little itty bitty beds are so hilarious, I thought for sure we’d end up throwing one of the pieces or abandoning ship and having to start again. Maybe it’s all of the IKEA furniture we’ve assembled throughout the years, maybe it’s because M is a strict instructions follower, maybe (probably) we miraculously got an easy to assemble crib, but we knocked the project out in just 30 minutes! Apparently we find joy in timing ourselves this week.
We were drawn to more of a classic style crib, and picked white in the hopes that it can be used for any future babies as well, regardless of gender or room design. The ledge in the back adds a little detail to it, and although I’m still getting used to how darn tiny all of this baby stuff is, we love it!
Next on my list is that dresser makeover and finalizing some shopping – wish me luck and we’ll see you here next week!
Remove carpet and add new hardwood flooring
- Replace baseboards and door trim
- Add overhead lighting (none exists right now) and hang light fixture
Paint ceiling& walls Hang wallpaper Assemble crib
- Refinish dresser (this one is going to get a little makeover and will make it’s way in here) and add a changing pad frame
Hang curtainsand artwork
- Build book ledges
Purchase allthe things – Half done!
- Extra Credit: Redesign closet for baby items
- Everything else that I am currently forgetting/add along the way