August 8, 2012 13 Comments
It’s finally here. Only ~two months after Mini Bunches arrived. Her early arrival kind of hampered the completion of the nursery, and it’s not entirely done yet, but I’ve just got to get this post done and out of my brain . . .
First, where we started (see all of our house before pictures here):
And where it is today:
Big difference, eh? This was actually the first room that I started painting when we bought the home–I knew all along it would be the nursery and I had baby on the brain, so I wanted to get it done. It was also my first ever experience painting a ceiling . . .
The color? Benjamin Moore’s Ocean Air:
I love this color–it’s blue in some light, teal in others, and all-in-all just awesome. Our guest room in our old Boston condo was painted this color and it was my favorite room in the house. Of course, when it’s painted on the ceiling, it reads as much, much lighter than when it’s on the walls. See how you can barely tell the difference between the new Ocean Air color and the old white ceiling paint?
Oh well. I wasn’t going to paint it again. Let’s just say painting a ceiling–not so fun. Your arms and neck get mighty tired. I actually did it before we ripped up the carpet (more on that here), so I didn’t need to worry about drips getting on the floor, but if you’re not getting rid of your flooring, then definitely tarps are a MUST. Oh, and the walls and trim are Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White–ya’ know, the color that’s on basically every wall in our house except the kitchen.
What paint did we use? Well, we used Sherwin Williams’ HGTV Home Interior Paint in a Flat finish, color-matched to BM’s Decorator’s White:
Why this paint? Well, my sister has converted me to a SW fan, and this paint was new, No-VOC, and cheaper than SW’s other No-VOC paints. Plus, I love HGTV and figured that it would be good quality paint. Boy, was I WRONG. This is the WORST PAINT EVER!!! And trust me–I’ve done my fair share of painting. It smelled HORRIFIC and the odor didn’t go away for months! Good thing we (and by that I mean Mr. Bunches since I was too preggers at the time we decided to finally get on finishing the nursery) painted the room a few months before Mini B arrived. We had the windows open in there through most of the winter and spring, and I still felt like I could smell paint sometimes when I went in there. Plus, the coverage of this paint was AWFUL. It was really thin and covered horribly. The room isn’t that big, we had already done a coat of paint using some BM leftovers we had, and so we shouldn’t have had to use even half a gallon. But nope–it took the whole gallon just to do one coat on the walls. In sum: NEVER BUY THIS PAINT. IT’S CRAP.
Okay, sorry for the tangent. Back to the nursery:
It’s also her favorite spot to be in the room. Why? Because these guys are her new best friends . . .
Yep, those are vintage Disney wall hangings that we took from Mr. Bunches’ childhood room. Isn’t it too cute that what hung on his nursery wall is now hanging in Mini B’s nursery? I just love that. And just to see what the changing table looked like before we got our snazzy rug . . .
But now the floor’s all covered up in chevron stripes that Mini B can barely take her eyes off of . . .
As for the crib? Well, she’s not such a fan yet, but I have faith. She has spent a couple naps/nights there, but hopefully more soon . . .
And she’s not into this bucket o’fun yet, but I’m sure she will be soon. It’s basically where all her friends hang out . . .
And above the crib is a little concoction I put together from various paper lanterns and pom flowers . . .
I love that it’s sunny and bright–I’m hoping someday Mini B will wake up to this view and it will help her start her days off on the right foot . . .
And I’ve finally hung up some artwork in the room. Two items from Etsy, two cards we received that I thought were just too cute and needed to be framed, and a mirror for Mini B to someday gaze into (again–that elusive day when she sleeps in the crib) . . .
And here are the two cards I framed. One is from our baby shower, and the other is a congrats on getting preggers we received way back when.
All of the frames are courtesy of Ikea. We also hung an Ikea shelf to display Mini B’s ever-growing book collection . . .
And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t show you the closet (it is, after all, a little girl’s room). I couldn’t stand the closet doors (they’re that ugly wood color that everything in our house was), so I had Mr. B take them down and we replaced them with curtains . . .
Mini B also loves looking at those . . . she and I have had many conversations about those little birdies. The curtains are from Ikea. And here’s a little shot of what Mini B’s got hiding in that closet of hers . . .
Not the best organization yet, but that project’s on my some-day-I’ll-have-enough-sleep-to-tackle project list.
And last, but certainly not least, this little guy stands guard at Mini B’s door (at least temporarily until we find a more suitable home for him on a shelf somewhere):
So there you have it–Mini B’s Nursery Reveal!
What do you think? As you can tell, Mini B is dying to know . . .