Nursery Update: A Freshly Painted Baby Boy's Room {Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint Review}

Y'all. This is a day I've been waiting on for awhile now. As you guys know, David and I had to wait to get started on the nursery because our house was on the market. Well, it's still on the market, but with only six and a half weeks until baby Ten June makes his appearance, we decided it's high time to get this nursery ready! Which thrills me : ) I've been wanting to get started on this sucker since I found out that I was pregnant!

And when Sherwin Williams contacted me to test out their new Emerald paint line- a paint line that is entirely zero VOC and perfect for a baby's room- I knew it was time to dive in!

Last week, I told you about the prep work we put into the room before we started painting, including sanding and filling holes in the walls, installing quarter round trim and painting the trim in the room. This week, I've got lots of gorgeous "after" photos to share with you.

Introducing baby Ten June's freshly painted baby boy room! Welcome!



David and I (yes, I could help too because the paint has zero VOC's!) painted the trim a fresh white- Emerald Interior semi-gloss in "Extra White" (SW 7006) and the walls a sweet baby boy blue- Emerald Interior eggshell in "Sleepy Blue" (SW 6225). I am in love with the colors.

(Side note: I still need to paint that little black vent!)


Look at that little stash of goodies our pea pod has already over in the corner! He's a lucky man : )


As you can see, we haven't started setting up the room yet- we still have a dresser to put together (that's what those large cardboard boxes are), curtains to hang (more on those next week!), bed linens to set up and art to put on the walls. Hopefully a lot of that will be tackled this weekend!


I love that the doors are all a crisp white now, to match the trim.



Oh and hello, how can I forget the ceiling? David labored over painting this bead board ceiling and wow... he did an amazing job. It. Is. Gorgeous.



Doesn't that beautiful white bead board just make you want to go slap your momma? 

In case you forgot, here are the before photos of the room.




And one big fresh breath of after!


I can't even believe how much I love it in there. Is it weird that I just go sit in my yet-to-arrive son's nursery just to hang out? Hey, Maggie and Tucker do it too!

The Emerald paint was really amazing to work with. Obviously, the biggest draw for us is that the entire formula (from the paint base to the colorants added into the paint) is zero VOC. This means there are no harsh chemicals mixed into the paint, which makes it extra safe for a nursery. And it meant that I could actually be around the paint as we were painting! Double score.

The paint is supposed to be very durable, washable (on all finishes) and mold and mildew resistant. I can't attest to these yet, but of course I'll keep you posted : ) 

The Emerald paint is also self-priming, which is great. David and I typically only use self-priming paints around our house because it saves a step or two, but we've been concerned lately about the durability of some of the self-priming paints we've used in the past. Let's just say that after using four gallons of it, the Emerald paints take the cake and have now become our favorite self-priming paint! Everything went on so smoothly and evenly; the colors (even from different cans) all dried with the same perfect finish.

We were hoping to knock out the room with just one coat, because of the self-primer, but did have to do two coats on most surfaces. The wall paint went on incredibly smoothly- in fact, we probably could have only done one coat, even on top of that ugly beige color we were painting over. But the trim and ceilings were a bit different- the Emerald paint is a little thin (which I like, David doesn't) and didn't cover the cream trim in one coat. But to be completely fair, we painted the room on two hot, muggy, Georgia days... so I'm sure the crazy humidity played a part in the paint and how well it was sticking.

Overall, we loved the Emerald paint and will certainly be using it around our house again!

So, whatcha think?! Are you as in love as I am with our baby boy's room so far?!

Want to check out some of my other nursery posts? Here are some on the rest of the work we've done so far in this room, like choosing a nursery room, buying a crib and glider, creating a rustic wooden growth chart, repainting a hand-me-down kiddo rocking chair with a color-block theme and creating a Mod Podge scrapbook paper city skyline piece of art.
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41 comments:

  1. it looks beautiful!!! we used sleepy blue on our family room in our last house- it was so serene!

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  2. Love the color! Perfect for a nursery and the crisp white trim and ceiling really do make a huge difference. Oh and the rug is so cool!

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  3. I love it! I think that the change in the beadboard along with the color makes the room extra perfect!

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  4. Beautiful color, and the beadboard is SO pretty! Anxious to see it all come together for your sweet little guy!

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  5. Love the color you chose, so soothing. And, the ceiling is amazing!

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  6. colors are great and yes! I LOVE that ceiling - great job, because that couldn't have been very easy to paint..

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  7. This looks amazing, Michelle. Love the color blue you chose and the white headboard ceiling is too awesome. This room gets so much great light.

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  8. What a difference! Looks great, and I just love that ceiling.

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  9. The color is perfect for little man. So beautiful with the ceiling. Getting closer, hot mama!

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  10. It looks great! The colors are perfect and the ceiling is gorgeous! I can't believe you're 6 weeks out!! both mine came 2 weeks early...just sayin'

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  11. I love it! It's perfect for a baby boy! The ceiling turned out amazing.

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  12. The color is perfect. Totally makes the ceiling pop! It's turning out SO well :)

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  13. The color is beautiful! SO perfect with the rug and ceiling!

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  14. It is fabulous! What a lucky little guy! The ceiling looks amazing too. I am a sucker for bead board. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and with the nursery.

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  15. Looks awesome! The blue looks great with the white trim and beadboard ceiling.

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  16. love the new color of the room! perect for a baby! and love that bead board in crisp white

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  17. It looks beautiful! Love the colors that you chose!

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  18. It looks great! So nice and breezy! The ceiling is definitely my favorite!

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  19. I love the color and the ceiling, it looks so serene! Can't wait to see everything all together!

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  20. The room looks gorgeous M!! Love how fresh the room looks with the new paint job!! Very serene and peaceful!

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  21. I love the colour and the ceiling is just gorgeous! We just finished up our nursery, so I know how good it feels to be able to start pulling things together. I can't wait to see how the room turns out - that is going to be one lucky boy :)

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  22. LOVE the bead board ceiling!
    you picked a great color! so calm and peaceful! it really looks great!

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  23. Adorable! I LOVE love LOVE the beadboard ceiling. It's amazing what paint can do! Can't wait to see it all come together.

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  24. I love the color you chose!!! The nursery is looking great!!!

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  25. Paint color? Nailed it (in that voice)!! Xoxo shel

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  26. Looks amazing! I bet you wish you has painted that ceiling sooner. Love it.

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  27. I love that room. Can you tell me where that yellow rug came from. I have seen them all over blog land but can't figure out where they all came from.

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  28. I love the nursery! When we were expecting we did a gender neutral blue room as well, and LOVE it. The color is so soothing. I spent a lot of time in there before our little man was born. And now I spend a lot of time in there too, but it's not quite as peaceful! Enjoy these last few weeks!

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  29. Oh my goodness it's perfect, Michelle! I am so excited for you three :) What a lucky little guy!

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  30. the ceiling looks so great. such a quick way to make the room look awesome... though i bet david's back hurt like a whoa after he was done. sweet man!

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  31. It's perfect! I love that color and it goes so well with the rug. And the ceiling looks beautiful! What a beautiful space!

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  32. Such a beautiful room! We recently did a beadboard ceiling and it makes a huge difference in the room...it looks amazing in yours!! Megan

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  33. Oooooh. Cute! I think my uterus just skipped a beat! :)

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  34. I love the Sleepy Blue color! I am currently looking for baby room colors, in soft blue, and haven't found the right color yet, but this one looks perfect - I'm going to go get a sample. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. absolutely love this!! It looks so inviting and calming in a nursery! I am actually thinking of using this color in my living room with tall vaulted ceilings!! can't wait!! thanks for sharing this wonderful post with lots of pics! :)

    -Caitlin

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