Some exciting things have been going on around the Ten June household... we've officially started prepping the nursery for our little pea pod!
Since we've had our house on the market, we've been holding back on making over this room. But like I talked about with my last house sale update and in my pre-baby living room makeover plan, David and I are ready to get this party started. Hey, we've only got 7.5 weeks to go, so now's the time!
By the way, yes... we are in the middle of making over both the nursery and our living room. We like to keep ourselves on our toes, can't you tell? : )
Last weekend, David and I started painting the nursery. The room needed a coat or two of paint in the worst possible way. Both the walls and the trim were a yucky off-white, beige color (no surprise, as my entire house was painted that way until I got a hold of a can of bright white trim paint!) and the adorable beadboard ceiling, as well as the closet door, was sort of a puke green. Well, puke green splattered with black paint for a "faux" antique look, I guess? Whatever it was, it wasn't working for us!
The before shots....
There was actually a lot of prep work we had to do to the room before we started painting. First off, there were a ton of nails and holes in the walls. The best way to get rid of those is to simply pull all of the nails out and then spackle the holes that are left by spreading the spackle material over the hole with a spackle knife. Some of ours were gigantic holes (what did they have hanging on their walls?!), but we just added more spackle to clean them up- it's okay to pack it in there! Once the spackle dries, sand the area down so that it's flush with the wall. Ten points to me for using the word "spackle" so many times in a paragraph!
Also, about half of the room was missing the quarter-round trim on the floor. Not sure why, but you can see that the previous homeowners kind of stopped caulking and adding trim in the middle of the wall. Oops. Luckily, the trim was actually hanging out in our basement, so it was a $0 project.
David nailed those quarter-round trim suckers down (of course, you've got to measure and cut the trim along the way) and voila! Fully completed trim.
Then, of course, he went back and caulked in the areas that were lacking.
Picture me hanging out in the hallway at this point.... "Baaaabe, can we paint yet?!" Like I said, I was ready to get this party started!
And do you notice how I kept saying we? All throughout my pregnancy, I've been telling you how I am staying away from paint and other similar chemical-riddled fumes (which has been tough!). But this time around was different! The amazing folks over at Sherwin Williams offered to let me test their new completely non-VOC paint line in my little guy's nursery. The line is called Emerald Paint and let me tell you, it's the bomb. Seriously. I think we've hit the paint jackpot, people.
I plan to do a full review of the paint when I do a full reveal of the freshly painted room, but it really is an awesome product. Plus, it felt so great to break out the ol' paintbrush (even at 8.5ish months pregnant!) knowing that the paint and its dyes weren't loaded up with harmful chemicals. So great for me and baby Ten June, once he gets here.
First, we had to start with the trim. From dingy to white, baby.
The windows were cleaned up with some bright white, as well.
Ahh, it's looking good, right?!
Poor David got stuck painting the ceiling... painting wooden slats with ten million grooves while you're basically upside down on a ladder? Yeah, that sounds like fun!
Oh, but it looks sooo good! So fresh and so clean, clean.
So that's where we are right now! Now that we've got the trim, doors and ceiling painted, it's time to slap a coat of paint on the walls! I. Can. Not. Wait. My little man's room is coming together!
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.