Nursery Update: It's Painting Time! {How to Prep For Painting- Spackling, Adding Quarter Round Trim and Painting Trim}

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.
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27 comments:

  1. I painted our whole house in Idaho with no-VOC paint before we put it on the market in '09- it was glorious to not have fumes and to be able to eliminate one carcinogen from our home! I wondered a little why you hadn't used the no-VOC paints yet, although I know (at least in '09) they only came in limited colors, so not everyone was pleased with them. The EU has much stricter regulations, so all indoor paints here are low-VOC and the selection of no-VOC is much wider. It's great! Can't wait to see the finished look- I love the beadboard ceiling!

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  2. I am so excited about your blog! My friend told me I would love your style and I am really enjoying reading old post. Good luck with the nursery painting. Oh and as a fellow UGA alum go dawgs!!!!!

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  3. Looking great! The beadboard ceiling is pretty awesome but I cannot imagine painting it. Ugh! It took me forever to paint the beadboard walls in our kitchen and I was sitting on the ground. Good for your hubs! Nice score on the paint too :)

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  4. This is looking fabulous- I can't wait to see what color you put on the walls. I can't imagine painting all that beadboard- painting a flat ceiling is hard enough. Your hubby is a trooper. :)

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  5. I LOVE those ceilings! They look so much better than the standard ceiling. Can't wait to see how this comes together!

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  6. So much work! Looks so pretty and fresh. Those ceilings are so pretty. Can't wait to see how you do the whole space, talented lady!

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  7. Exciting times! Can't wait to see it all come together.

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  8. It's looking great! I love me some bright white trim!!

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  9. Amazing! What color paint did you use for the trim?!

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  10. It's going to be so cuuuuuuute! Loving that ceiling. :)

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  11. So exciting! That ceiling is awesome and I know it's going to look so good. Can't wait to see it all come together.

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  12. I can't wait to see it!!! The trim looks amazing...and they have their paint on sale this weekend, I think I'll stock up on that new line!

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  13. Looks awesome!
    And I used the phrase "so fresh and so clean, clean" in my post Monday morning as well (and thought of you as I typed it :). Either you have really rubbed off on me or we are too much a like!

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  14. Love the rug! You have made such amazing progress. Super excited to see it finished!!!

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  15. Oh what a lot of work!! But it's looking great! I just can't get over that beautiful ceiling. I'm so anxious to see what all you are going to do in there!! I know you are going to make it look so beautiful.

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  16. Why would they paint that awesome beadboard ceiling such and ugly color?!?! It looks 510% better white! :)

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  17. I'm obsessed with that ceiling...OMG. It's looking awesome!!

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  18. It's looking great! I love the ceiling! Can't wait to see the progress!

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  19. Super excited to see this come together. I get oddly giddy at the sight of bright white trim paint. And that ceiling is too cool. Maybe a pain to paint, but so much charm.

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  20. Major props to your husband for painting that ceiling...I hate painting ceilings and the beadboard would have made it a million times harder. It looks fantastic with the white paint, and I can't wait to see the finished room!

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  21. That ceiling looks great! Can't wait to see it all come together!

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  22. Love the way the ceiling turned out! Can't wait to see that finished product :)

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  23. Ah, that freshly painted ceiling looks great! Beautiful work (and a pain in the butt to complete, I know)!

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  24. Looks great Michelle! I love the beadboard ceiling and it looks a LOT better in a bright white. I'm sure your little man will love it. :) Can't wait to see how it finishes up!

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  25. It's amazing what a little crisp white paint will do, right? Can't wait to see the finished job!

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  26. Gorgeous!

    Always a big-huge difference with white paint.

    Wasn't sure if you decided to paint the ceiling white. I thought maybe you might try a med. t-blue. It looks great though. I like it!

    How about painting the fan-blades also? We have done that many times. It opens the room and makes everything look wonderful.

    Love the soft yellow + white. They go with everything .... whatever room accents you will incorporate.

    Keep decorating + enjoying!

    Marcee

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