Making our house a home: the nursery

Since we picked up the keys to our house on December 18, I’ve been focused on one thing: painting the nursery!

There’s a whole lot to be done aesthetically throughout – the house is 72 years old and the previous owner was an elderly woman who understandably wasn’t able to keep up with everything. Cracks have formed in walls due to settling; the upstairs hasn’t been painted in who knows how long; and the kitchen…well, let’s just say that (ugly) wallpaper covers a multitude of sins.

Still, creating a space for our little one is at the top of my “want-to-do” list, and since I’m on limited renovation duty it is the one room in which I can really put my mark rather than just see the results of my choices unfold without me. And last night, we got to do it! (Well. The first coat, anyway.)

I don’t have any “before” pictures – the room was painted “butter”, a yellow so pale that it looked like a dirty institutional white. Brian had to go in and plaster over a crack that ran down an entire corner, and another that went up the wall and around a curve to the ceiling. (You’ll see what I mean in the “after” pictures.) Then, as we’re suiting up to paint on Saturday, he finds another crack that he missed the first time, and still another just a couple of feet away. He’s awesome though, and patched them up in time to go over after work yesterday and get started on our masterpiece.

Here’s where we are now:

Photo Jan 15, 15 30 53

Paint: Behr Premium Ultra + Primer, Eggshell Finish
Color: Green Energy
Coats: 1
Feeling: Like Kermit the Frog!
Total time (including taping): ~2 hours for 2 people (it’s a cute little room)

You can see how the wall slopes into the ceiling; because of that, the previous owners had marked off a line mid-curve separating “wall” from “ceiling”. We decided to forgo that option and make the whole room green – I had a moment of panic mid-paint when I thought it would close off the room too much, but I felt a lot better looking at the finished product.

Today we’ll add a second coat to even out the finish, and tomorrow my father-in-law is going to freshen up the white trim. From there, it’s shopping and decoration time!

More updates to follow as we move from room to room. I’m so excited!

Update on the nursery:

Well, we were about a quart shy of completing the second coat last night – basically, everything is finished except for the ceiling, which my mother-in-law is going to cover this morning.

But look at how gorgeous it is!!

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This room is going to be amazing.