Every new parent-to-be has to ask themselves that controversial question: how do we decorate the baby’s room? Luckily, my husband
knows what’s good for him is very supportive of my opinions and let me take the reins on this project.
When I first found out I was pregnant, I immediately decided I wanted to decorate the room in neutral colors in case we got pregnant a second time with the opposite sex. I love greens and yellows and browns and, after a few weeks of searching, found the most adorable bedding set to accommodate these colors.
I had decided I wanted a light brown room to compliment the bedding, but Jeff took one look at the bedding and suggested, OK demanded, blue. I fought him at first, but ultimately decided he was right. After all, one of the cheapest things to change in a bedroom is wall color.
We went to Lowes and got tons of paint samples, then hung them on the wall at home and compared them to the bedding. Jeff looked at me and said, “what about green?” So I trekked back to Lowes on my lunch break one day and got scads of green samples. The minute I put them up against each other, I decided blue was the way to go. Who would have thunk? (This picture was taken after I had weeded out about 15 other blue paint samples.)
Monday started a long stretch of four days off for me, so I headed back to Lowes bright and early armed with my color choice. I picked up two gallons of “River Mist” and one gallon of “Cream in my Coffee” for the closet. It needed a face lift. I also grabbed a few other necessities (tape, rollers, disposable trays) and headed back to the house to get started. I don’t know about you, but I hate prep work. Why can’t I just decide I want to paint and the room be prepped for me?
Jeff had moved all the furniture and other closet “treasures” (read: things I need to dispose of, but still hold on to just in case) out for me the night before,
so all I had to do was remove face plates, tape edges, and put down the plastic tarp.
Well, that and protect my phone with a Ziploc bag. It works, people!
Finally, I began! Ugh, edging first…
Side note: pre-pregnancy clothes + 27 week pregnant girl = psuedo redneck with a beer belly. Just sayin’.
I slapped on the first coat and took a break to let it dry a bit.
Phew! This painting thing is hard work on a preggo girl in 80º weather!
I ended up letting the paint dry overnight, then finishing it up Tuesday morning. Then I got to work on the closet. I had to remove the old shelving and spackle the holes.
Wednesday morning, I painted the closet, deciding two things: that I had blindly picked out almost the exact same color the closet already was (no paint samples required) and painting small closets is kind of tricky! You have to maneuver just right.
Finally, this morning, I was finished. All I had to do was remove the tape, replace the outlet covers, and vacuum. I have to say, I think it turned out great!
Stitch agrees. She likes having a new space to lay. She keeps wandering into the empty room and meowing. Maybe she just likes to hear herself talk?
Finally, I grabbed the ottoman we picked up from Babies R Us this past weekend and placed it in the room. It’s kind of a weird color, almost like a brownish sage. Luckily, in the room it looks more brown than green! I’m very pleased with the color, both of the room and the ottoman.
Now all we have to do is get the baby furniture purchased and placed in the room. It’s coming together, slowly but surely!