Nursery Progress Part 3

Yesterday was a busy day for nursery projects as two days ago we found out that we are having a BOY! I’ve had a couple of projects in mind for the nursery depending on the baby’s sex, and I’m glad to start personalizing everything for little Clark Allen!

Project #1 is something that I’ve thought about for a long time, and that’s the giant name letters for the room. I’ve always wanted to have our baby’s name in big letters over the crib, as a statement to the world of who it would be. I started out at Michael’s, but their letters were kind of cartoony and girly for the big 12 inch height. Then I went to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect, traditional letters that make Clark’s traditional name stand out.

But what color to paint them? At first, I thought about white. Eh, too girly with all our dark wood and warm caramel walls. Then, green popped in, but we’ve been adding so much green that I didn’t want to overload the room. So I decided on a nice baby blue, which will pop against the wall color and will compliment our other nursery pieces such as the hamper, diaper hanger, and bumper pad.

Here they are drying on the back side of my craft mat (sewers, don’t worry, the other side is still perfectly fine and is the side I use to cut patterns!). With my leftover blue paint, I decided to take an old corkboard and make a scenic update to it to help balance the color in the room and to use up some little trees I had found on clearance months before at Michael’s. I got this idea because Jason had painted this very corkboard for my dorm room in college, when I was in to hot pink and palm trees 🙂

I painted it blue, then dug out my other set of craft paints and added some hills and clouds. I have six trees and four woodland animal cutouts that I bought already painted that I will mount this week on the outside edges of the board (trees on the bottom, animals on the sides) when I have a chance to grab my glue gun from my classroom. But isn’t everything so cute already???

Total cost for both projects: $7 for the letters (unfinished wood is 30% off at Hobby Lobby this week) and $2 for 2 bottles of blue paint. I had already purchased everything else or had it at home. Oh, and the little wood cut outs were around $0.50 a piece when I bought them a few months ago. I’m so excited to get these up in the nursery this week to show the finished product!
So what are the rest of our nursery plans? Well, here’s a drawing of the final layout:

Yes, I know, crappy Paint drawing. We are going to:

  • mount the letters above the crib.
  • pick out 5 pictures (one of each of our parents, one of each of us as a child, one of us) and find frames to mount above the dresser in a collage pattern.
  • mount the cork board above the chest of drawers
  • find a small end table to go next to where the glide rocker and a small lamp, ideally one with a door on it so we can hide away things I’ll need for breast feeding
  • buy a small 2 or 3 shelf espresso colored book case to go on the wall next to the glide rocker and some blue and green baskets to go on the bottom shelf for Clark’s toys. The top shelf will be used for books to read to him with.
  • buy the outer curtains from Target (it’s actually a cloth shower curtain that I’m going to cut in half and hem – hey, you can’t fix perfect!) and it looks like this:

Any suggestions for anything else in our nursery? Once we have our yard sale next week and get back some of the space we’ve been using in there to store those items, I’ll take full-on nursery pics so you can see the whole thing.


In Our House: We’ve Got Mail!

Remember this post about our mailbox hunting woes? We did end up purchasing a mailbox (about a month ago) and it’s been sitting in our house for quite awhile. We went with a plain black over-sized metal mailbox because we wanted something affordable ($20 at Home Depot!) and big enough to hold packages like textbooks and small trinkets. Also, by purchasing the metal kind, we have a much better chance of no leaks than the plastic (which gets tiny cracks after constant exposure to the sun).

So why haven’t we done anything with it for an entire month? Why have we continued to drive to the post office just to drop off our Netflix movies? Well, I insisted that I needed to personalize this mailbox while I was able to hold it in my lap and while I didn’t have to clean the road grime to get to the surface. Thus was born my plan – I’d trace the letters in pencil and then erase any pencil lines after painting.

Great idea? Sure. Did it work? Not really. When it came time to cut out all the letters, it took 5 minutes for one letter and was painstaking work. I ended up using that one piece to set a guideline for all my other letters and just freehanded the rest, looking at what I had printed as a guideline.

This is a really rough picture of the sketches. I fixed the o placement in “Howards” after looking at the picture.

Next, I got some gold craft paint and a really tiny brush and went to work. I worried more about making sure everything looked straight and even instead of staying with the exact lines I drew. Then I erased and visible marks and wiped the eraser marks off (gently – make sure not to scrub!). Finally, I broke out a can of clear acrylic spray paint that I had leftover from the wedding, strapped on a fume mask, and sealed everything in. Trust me, there is no chance of this baby chipping, at least in the next year or so, and I’ll watch to see if it needs another coat here and there to help it stay nice for a long time.

Looks pretty good for a $20 project, huh?

Nursery Painting Part 1

I came home today to find this:

Jason has been hard at work trying to get as far as possible on the nursery progress while on Spring Break, but I never expected to come home to him already priming the room!

Because we have laminate trim (and didn’t want to pay the cost of replacing all the trim), we had to use a special primer to coat the laminate. This is just one quick coat of primer (we’ll put on at least another, if not two more). Then we’ll put a couple coats of French White semi-gloss paint by Glidden.

And want a sneak peek of the wall color? It’s called Warm Caramel by Glidden.

There is a lot more to come this weekend, when we will finish up the painting!