DIY

Nursery Tour

Michael worked hard on getting the house ready for the baby over his Christmas break. He was home for two weeks and tackled the monstrosity called our garage. When I moved in 6-ish years ago the spare bedroom became a guest room with my bed (the antique canopy bed I inherited) and nightstands, and the closet was packed with stuff I didn’t have anywhere to store. Old momentos, seasonal clothes, various things. My wedding dress sealed in a box. It just kind of became cluttered. I slowly started getting rid of things, donating a lot of stuff, and Michael sold some things. It still wasn’t making much of a difference.

Here is the “Before”, amidst the cleaning and purging of stuff:

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The room is pretty small. Over the New Year holiday we worked on cleaning out everything and donating more stuff. Then Michael patched the holes in the wall and we tried to figure out paint colors. After awhile the colors all looked the same to me. I couldn’t really decide. Some were too white, too yellow, too dark…

In the end, Bella picked the color for us. 🙂

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Michael did a GREAT job painting the room and rented a carpet cleaner to clean all the carpets in the house. What a huge difference that made. It’s definitely going to be something we do at least once a year. For $40 it made the carpets look almost new again. Slowly but surely the room was coming together.

My mom’s friend made the nursery drapes and curtains for us. Here is the nursery fabric for the drapes:

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Michael and I picked a woodland creatures theme and found so many cute fox fabrics and sheets and stuff like that. My mom’s friend worked hard on making the curtains and the side panels were a simple orange fabric with white triangles that matched the foxes perfectly. The curtains are amazing! They look so good.

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The glider was a Christmas gift from my parents (and probably the best thing in the nursery!). A friend gave us their IKEA crib and changing table (which is fantastic and I’m super happy with all the hand-me-downs we got).

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I got some art on etsy and then my mom brought down a painting that she did 36 years ago. 🙂 The bunny painting on the right was one my mom painted for my nursery and now I have it my son’s nursery. 🙂

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Michael’s mom and stepdad got this little rocking horse and painted it the color we picked. It’s so cute. Plus Michael’s mom gave us a wooden toy chest that was hers as a kid and also Michael’s when he was a kid. I love that we got family items. She also painted it for us.

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Still getting organized:

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A close up of the curtains:

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A light switch cover I bought that fit perfectly with the theme:

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I love how it turned out. It’s calm and peaceful and pretty. I love the theme we picked and I’m really happy with the items I found for it. Every night I sit in the glider now and just relax. It’s a really nice time and I can’t wait for the little guy to be here with us!

SURPRISE!!!!

Remember how I surprised Michael last week with his birthday party? Well last Thursday night HE surprised ME.

I walked into the kitchen after work to discover that unbeknownst to me, the kitchen countertops had been INSTALLED!

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WHAT?!?

We’d been working on picking the counter tops and the guy came out to make the template for it a few weeks ago. Apparently, Michael’s plan was to surprise me with it being installed last Friday (the day before his party) but the material had been damaged and they had rescheduled. He hadn’t told me any of this!

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There have been many, many stages for our kitchen remodel. The first stage was the beginning–the ugly, 1970’s decor and dark cabinets with powder blue counter tops. Michael and I were starting to date when the kitchen remodel began. I remember many, many weekends spent at his house demolishing the old kitchen together. It was back-breaking labor but very fulfilling! Demolition was a blast. And there were many Saturday nights where we realized it was almost midnight and we still hadn’t eaten dinner yet because we were so busy with the remodel.

After demolition–complete with removing the floors down to the sub-flooring, then painting, there was redoing the kitchen pantry, and there was also the assembly if the IKEA cabinets. Here is a photo of mid-gutting:

If you look carefully you can see the old cabinets (next to the fridge). And after painting:

A few years ago we installed the upper cabinets as well as the stove vent and the microwave. Then one summer we laid the tile in the humongous kitchen and dining room. Then we hit a wall. We lost steam for a lot of reasons. We got busy with other stuff, training for the Portland Century, traveling, and Michael’s back issues have kept us from finishing. There was also another barrier: there were some DIY mistakes that had to be fixed before we finished the floors.

With Michael losing his job a few years ago, he had time to finish some of the house projects. We hired a professional to fix the tile mistakes and finish the rest of the project: the grout, sealing the tiles…everything! Then…all the construction stopped for like 2 years. Part of that was planning a wedding, going on a honeymoon, etc. We just didn’t have it in us to do house projects amidst wedding planning.

But the last few months we’ve gotten back at it and now we have a kitchen that is 95% DONE!

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What’s next? The backsplash, which we’ll be doing ourselves and then we need to paint and install the baseboards and the trim around the pantry. At some point we’re going to replace all the windows in the house but that’s in the future.

I couldn’t believe that I walked into this surprise. It was amazing. I was so happy to see it done and it feels great to have one thing crossed off the list! It looks amazing and I’m just in shock. And it’s funny that he did this secretly.

Mid-day our dog walker had texted me a picture of Bella:

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I should have known right then and there that something wasn’t right because usually when the dog walker is over playing with Bella she sends me goofy pictures that look like this:

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Apparently Michael had cancelled Amy, took that first picture of Bella and sent it to Amy who texted it to me so that I wouldn’t be suspicious! I seriously had no idea that Michael was home all day preparing this surprise for me!

When I got home the kitchen sink hadn’t been hooked up yet so we had to go out to dinner. We went to Cha Cha Cha for Mexican food:

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I ate half of it and saved the rest for lunch the next day. When we got back to the house Michael worked on installing the kitchen sink and I had to meet up my friends (previously planned) for Book Club. Even though I kinda wanted to just stay home and admire the kitchen counters. 😀

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The book club met at Wine:30 and I had a glass of Pinot Gris, we chatted (sometimes about the book LOL) and then shared some chocolate covered blueberries:

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I’ll post more about the book we read soon. Anyways, I got home and the kitchen counters were still there! I hadn’t dreamed it. I can’t wait to finish up the rest of the kitchen projects and be COMPLETELY DONE!! Woohoo!!!