Oh god, this nursery… This weekend has been a crazy affair filled with lots of manual labor (and beer.)
Our nursery needed a lot of work. Our house has four rooms, two of which are upstairs. The second room upstairs has never really been used, because we just never really had anything to put in it (our guest room and my craft room are both downstairs). For a while, we used that room for our cat’s litter box just so it was out of the way. A while back, our cat Bean got sick and peed in a couple of the corners there, so we just shut up the room and expected to replace the flooring before moving out. Once we started TTC, we couldn’t imagine using another room in the house for the nursery because this room 1) was right across the hall from our bedroom and 2) has a dutch door. This left us with a bit of a project.
Fortunately, our landlord was already intending on replacing all flooring in the house, including putting wood floor tile in the entire first floor and in the bathrooms (yes, we have carpeted bathrooms. Yes, it’s the most disgusting thing in the entire world.) My first thought was that I could just rip the carpet and padding out of that room, paint and then have the new flooring installed. I got to work ripping out the carpet and padding a couple months ago and to my horror there were a couple of small spots in which the urine had reached the subfloor. I had a few friends look at it and suggest replacing sections of the floor, which would have cost us about $700. Then, our amazing friend Michael came up with a better idea. He suggested since there were only a couple of small areas, we could rip the baseboards out of the room, disinfect and prime the affected areas to completely neutralize and seal off the damage and then put new baseboards in. We used KILZ, an oil-based primer that could seriously be used to cover up a murder (the thought occurred to us several times during this process…)
Michael is one of our oldest and dearest friends, and he’s always been our “help something is broken in my house and I have no idea what to do right now” friend. I can’t tell you how many times he has jumped my car, helped me paint, grilled our steaks, rewired our ceiling fans and just generally saved our asses. Equally important is the fact that he’s fun as hell to drink with and is the only other person I know whose idea of a wild night is midnight bingo at the casino. We just love him to death. Thank you for all you do for us, and for being so excited that you would be written about here on the blog! (I heard “this is going on the blog, right?” so many times this weekend <3)
He forgot to bring paint clothes so we hooked him up with a shirt that was given to me by my friend Shad… We called the shirt Michael’s “party dress” this whole weekend. Once we were properly protected, we got to work ripping out all the old baseboards.
We then used bleach to scrub the areas and let it dry overnight. We went out to bingo the next night to blow off some steam before the work got too hard on Saturday 😉
We went to Lowe’s the next morning to buy our baseboards and the rest of the supplies. We started the intense tasks of painting the ceiling (ugh, popcorn ceilings!) and priming the subfloor around all edges of the room (about 2ft up the walls and out from the walls to be completely thorough). We also gave the chair rail in the center of the room a coat of fresh paint and followed that with the light gray paint on the top half of the walls. Ashley went shopping with our friends Lisa and Kaitlyn to avoid the fumes, which were BAD.
We relaxed after a job well done by going out to celebrate my brother in law’s birthday. It was my sister’s first night out since having our nephew Kimball!
The next day, we installed the new baseboards and gave them a fresh coat of white paint. While waiting for the calk (I just want you to imagine three adults with the maturity levels of 13 year-old boys purposely mispronouncing the world “calk” as “cock” and using it in every sentence we could fit it into… true adult behavior)
The paint went on, and the work was COMPLETE!
We even celebrated having the room ready by putting all the clothes we have collected in the closet. It was such a great feeling to see our little ones’ tiny outfits on display in their beautiful, sparkling clean and lovely nursery! We are meeting with our landlord this weekend to talk about the actual process of installing the new carpet, which he has told us will be completed before the baby shower. We asked for it to be completed before the shower so we can immediately set up and organize in the nursery without having to worry about moving things around for the carpet installation.
Ashley is 23 weeks tomorrow so she will of course be posting her weekly update about the babies. I’ll give you a preview: saw the doctor today and everything is absolutely perfect. So perfect that it’s surreal!
I can’t wait to keep updating you all about the nursery as we get the furniture and decor in there! We already bought one piece, and our friends Lisa and Kaitlyn found an amazing and ambient tree lamp at Kirkland’s that is just perfect. My mom has been buying us a ton of amazing and adorable wall decals, including one that is one of my absolute favorite Shel Silverstein quotes:
We are working on figuring out what will go where, but what we know so far is that we will be using coral as Harper’s accent color and mint as Elliott’s. We have the furniture picked out and we will be creating a gallery wall over the dresser between the cribs. (You can look at my Pinterest board if you want to see the creative direction we are taking.)
So far, we are $250 into this nursery. That includes all the supplies and paint that were used this weekend (I am not going to add our food and beer budget into this!)
As always, I am thinking of my TTC and pregnant mamas. Your struggles, fears and grief are with me while I simultaneously grieve and rejoice for my little family. The sharp reminder of where we’ve been and where you all are is so humbling, and it makes us so incredibly grateful. We are rooting for each and every one of you! ❤
Until next time,