So here we are, T-3 weeks and some change to my due date, and the nursery is coming together.
Most new parents’ nursery plans involve a gallon of paint, moving in new furniture and hanging a few pictures. Ours were a little more involved.
Here’s the bedroom we plan to use for the baby’s room, as we saw it when we bought the house.
Gotta love the candy dish of Werther’s Originals for guests.
It’s one of the reasons we were sold on the house. In our neighborhood, three-bedroom homes are really two-bedroom homes with a third, smaller room that can be used as a nursery or an office. The previous owner had full-sized beds in each room, with room to move around.
This bedroom is still the smallest of the three, but it won’t be easy for LB to outgrow.
Like the rest of the house, the drapes went as soon as we moved in. In January, we took down the ceiling. As predicted, it was the same situation as in our bedroom: fake wood panels nailed to pressed wood tiles stapled to wood boards nailed into the plaster ceiling.
Then, Josh began stripping the paint from the baseboards, door frame and window frames. All had been painted a gross brown color and several other colors before. Getting down to the original wood (still intact throughout the first floor) wasn’t an option, so the goal was to remove as much as possible and sand smooth so we could repaint.
Method: Citristrip paint removing gel and a heat gun. Although the citristrip is a chemically safe stripping agent, the smell was too strong for me. So he was on his own, and it took a long, long time.
Josh’s dad came to help in early February and they got the drywall ceiling up and took off more paint.
Meanwhile, I sewed crib sheets, changing pad covers and burp cloths.
Last weekend, our moms helped paint the walls a buttercream/yellow after my baby shower.
Josh painted the ceiling today and we should be ready to move things in this weekend while finishing up the closet.
– remove fake ceiling(s)
– install drywall ceiling
– strip paint from trim, baseboards
– remove wallpaper
– prime and paint walls, ceiling and trim
– strip wallpaper in closet and paint
– assemble/move in crib, dresser, chair and bookshelf currently hanging out in other parts of the house
– hang prints, light fixture