Nursery’s New Wall Color + More Progress

The nursery is now so much more fresh and bright thanks to a new paint job. These walls are now coated in the loveliest shade of a warm, off-white called Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore.

Nursery's New Wall Color

It is a huge improvement of where we were. The previous sage-y green color was not doing the room any favors. The furniture was not popping, the entire room was dark even in good lighting, wall art looked flat…

Nursery's New Wall Color

Here is that same angle today, taken under the same lighting conditions.

Nursery's New Wall Color

And for the sake of easier comparison.

Nursery's New Wall Color

Much, much better.

As far as painting goes, my efforts to have this done by professionals instead of me didn’t exactly go as planned. The darn painters never showed up! I know they were working hard to fit me last minute in to their busy schedule, but Wednesday passed (their first day on the job) and by Thursday I quickly lost hope. By the time they had called me on Sunday to reschedule, I had already painted and re-assembled (with Aaron’s help of course) the entire space. Tackling this on my own was a proud pregnant moment if I do say so myself. I went sloowww… I normally paint rooms in a day and this time I stretched it over 3 days. Day 1 was rolling 2 coats, Day 2 was trimming out the corners/bottom trim and Day 3 was trimming out the top. Easy peasy and I felt great the entire time. Saving $200 wasn’t too shabby either.

This room is about 70% there and I will do a big reveal post when I’m all through, but I did want to share our changing table solution. When we made the decision to use the blue campaign dresser in here instead of a low dresser, that meant our changing table plans had to change. Changing two babies at our head level probably would not be a good idea. :)

We thought through a bunch of possible solutions for a changing station space (even an option Aaron referred to as the “poop bridge”) but ultimately we decided a vertical changing unit/thingy between the cribs was the best way to go. Except these are really, REALLY hard to find, unless you want to pay lots of money like this beautiful option.

Nursery's New Wall Color

And then I remembered those dual crib/changing station thingy-s. For you Parenthood fans, this is the type of crib that Amber’s dad gives to her that takes her forever to assemble, but then Ray Romano comes in to help and we all cried together. Anyhoo…

changercombo

Perfect solution! Those attached changing stations are actually free-standing units. And these cribs are popular so they are all over Craigslist. I picked up my very own for $100, then discarded the crib side. It just stands between our two cribs. The finish doesn’t match perfectly, but good enough!

Nursery's New Wall Color

I can’t wait to share with you the final space. Here’s my list of things still to do:

  • Hang art on the walls (and we’re getting crafty with this one!)
  • Add a changing pad
  • Switch out the knobs to something brighter on the changing station (right now the station morphs into a black hole in these photos)
  • “Make” the beds—remove the plastic on the mattresses, add mattress pads and a crib sheet
  • Add curtains with blackout liners on both windows
  • Add a nightlight/lamp (MIFFY is on his/her(?) way)
  • Add adhesive liners to the blue campaign drawers
  • Figure out some sort of shelving/storage solution for next to the glider

I have been sewing up a storm, too. Can you tell I’m having so much fun? :)

More coming soon!

xo,

emily

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

This post is sponsored by Bona Floor Cleaner.

For whatever reason, having an entryway (or foyer, if you’re fancy) was really important when we were on the hunt for a new house. At our old house, the front door opened up directly into a small living room… nearly missing the back of a sofa! A more spacious entryway seemed like a total luxury. A separate space to set mail! A cute little area to set up a vignette! A place to toss shoes! The possibilities seemed endless.

And here we are. We have an entryway! And all of those benefits I had dreamed about came true. But there was more I wasn’t expecting. Entryways are a lot of pressure! They provide the home’s first impression. From the floors, to the walls, to the decor… it all seems important to get right in the first space you enter.

That being said… we are maybe 20% there. But hey, it’s progress!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

There’s still a lot of work to do (paint, maybe wallpaper?, styling, maybe a stair runner) but it feels good to get even a little bit of a start. The gold Sputnik light overhead is what I purchased with my Joybird store credit and it is beautiful! And holy cow BRIGHT! Yes, it will be going on a dimmer. The large palm plant we inherited from Aaron’s parents. It outgrew its spot in their home, so we gladly adopted it. It’s the perfect size for this little corner… I can’t wait until it gets massive. The gold foil Covington print Aaron made me a few Christmases back. It was hanging in the kitchen at the old house.

The biggest pain point in the entry are the floors. Dark floors + high traffic area + winter = GROSS!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

We have tried every kind of mop/cleaner you can imagine on these floors. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Mop, Swiffer Wet Vac, Libman’s Mop (which worked great on my laminate floors), Pine-Sol, Water and Vinegar, the Shark steam cleaner and the Bona Hardwood Mop. Of all of those, there are two that have risen to the top. Shark steam cleaner and Bona… without a doubt the best in my mind when dealing with dark floors: no residue!! We love the Shark steam cleaner for the weekend deep clean (there’s something about the steam that makes the floors feel amazing, but it requires more set-up time) and we use the Bona hardwood mop for in between touch-ups. I’m sure Bona loves me mentioning Shark but hey, they’re both good and that’s my honest opinion.

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

The thing we love most about Bona is that it’s a great result in a very short amount of time. Just spray and mop. There’s no residue, it leaves a shine and it dries quickly. The trifecta! Plus, I can appreciate that it’s non-toxic and safe, but honestly I’m the type to pour chemicals on these floors if it meant a good, clean shine!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

Here are the entryway floors after a quick Bona touch-up. Not too shabby!

Entryway Progress with Bona Floor Cleaner

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Yay for progress and yay for clean floors. It makes me feel almost ready for Spring.

xo,

emily

Nursery Walls Going White

Here’s a little corner of the nursery currently. I was going to settle by leaving the paint color as-is, but similar to the guest bedroom walls, it’s just not working no matter how much I ignore it.

Nursery - Before Paint

Its walls are being painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore this week (a warm, off-white) and should be done by Saturday. And get this… they are not being painted by me. Professionals are in this DIY blogger’s house painting these walls. It’s bizarre! I’m not exactly thrilled about paying someone to do a job I can do for free but we got a great deal. I’m much bigger now than I was when I painted the guest bedroom and even then, it was a struggle going up and down that darn ladder.

I can’t wait to share nursery progress with you. I’ve just been waiting until these walls are finally the color they should be!

Stay tuned…

xo,

emily