The kids' room is starting to take shape. At the moment it's very white, and while there will be plenty of color in the final product (honest!), I am actually loving how peaceful it feels at this stage. I find myself wandering in there during nap time and lying down in the big boy bed... which came out great. I'll be posting a DIY on it soon, but Little Smith loves it and if we weren't expecting guests after the new baby is born, I think we'd move him in there sooner. It's all about the wheels!
We've used lots and lots of white paint so far; the walls, the bed, and the dresser. I love natural wood, but our floors are such a warm color that often wood tones seem to clash unless they are very dark, so white it is. The dresser was in terrible shape and it is a veneer so we couldn't really sand it, plus the top is actually laminate. I would never paint a great piece of furniture, but I don't have any guilt about this one and it seems much happier with a fresh finish.
painted dresser before and after
One of the smartest decisions that we made was tackling the closet first. It was a very simple project, with cubbies above and hanging below, but I could definitely see us scrapping it now if it weren't already complete, we are getting a little worn out.
Next up will be stenciling one wall (ready for some color?), then shades and shelves and ledges and on and on... Oh yeah, and there's the other side of the room too, which sadly looks like this.
So much left to do and so little time. We are going to keep a mini office on this side of the room until Little Smith and the crib make the move in September, but it will not be a total mess- I hope.
I'm certainly feeling obsessed with getting this space done, and it's frustrating that I'm able to accomplish less and less on my own as my belly grows. I find myself making lists and crossing things off and then making more detailed lists. Little Smith arrived a month early and I was so relieved that I had everything done that far in advance. That's probably why I have an internal clock that needs to get everything done by the beginning of July, just in case. Hopefully it will make for a relaxing last month and this little girl will stay put. I'm guessing we will find plenty to keep us busy right up until the end though, even if she's good and late!