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Nursery All Painted!

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Posted by Rebecca, March 19th, 2012

Finally! Finally this weekend Mike and I finished painting the nursery. By finished painting, I mean we literally painted the walls, paneled accent wall, crown molding, baseboards and closet in a matter of a day. So I guess you can consider this post a paint reveal, a finished accent wall reveal and a completed crown molding reveal. Weeeee!

I guess I’ll let the pictures do the talking?

Wait, quick interruption already. We ordered a silver tipped light bulb to see if that reduces the glare of our diffuser-less light fixture. When we switch the bulbs out, we’ll be sure to rotate the shade so that the seam is not smack in your face when you walk in the door. Okay back to the pictures!

No post is complete without a photobombing cat. That’s Mowie, you don’t see her often and she thinks she’s finally getting a room away from her two brothers. Oh another note, the floors still need to be cleaned from all of the construction in here…

You probably noticed that we took the closet doors off. We’re planning on hanging curtains and installing a closet organization system.

Kitten tested, kitten approved! They’re loving the 75 degree weather we had today πŸ™‚

Here’s a quick recap for anyone interested…

Paint Colors (all Olympic paints):

Ceiling- Comes the Dawn D52-2

Walls- Gray Ghost D17-2

Closet- Lettuce Alone B68-3

Trim- Crumb Cookie C20-1

How-To:

Paneled Wall

Crown Molding

Overall, we are very happy with how everything turned out. It took us a little longer than usual to settle on the perfect gray for the walls, but we’re very happy with our final choice (which is one of the colors from our office stripes!) Mike loves the green closet and I’m still adjusting to the bold color, but I know once it has a white wood closet system on top of it and some curtains it will be less of a solid green mass. Plus I am likely going to stencil it, once I do a trial run to confirm. Now it’s on to buying furniture and adding details! Fingers are crossed for smooth sailing from here on out… πŸ™‚

From Top to Bottom

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Posted by Rebecca, February 23rd, 2012

Today while I was at work, Mike put up the baseboards in the nursery πŸ™‚ We used 5 1/4 inch primed MDF for the baseboards, the same molding we have throughout our house (we previously had a much smaller baseboard with the carpet in this room). Mike said the whole room took him about an hour to do and was a piece of cake.

We still have yet to finish the last two long pieces of crown (they they will be insanely easy to do) because Mike needs my help with those. We had childbirth class last night (eek), so we didn’t get a chance to do it. But thanks to this new fancy light we installed in the nursery, we can work in there at night and I can come home and snap these pictures to share…

Works for now! Anyway, now you can see the paneled wall coming together with the crown and baseboards integrated.

In hindsight, I probably would have added a smaller board at the top of the paneled wall rather than the additional 4 inches we put at the top and bottom. The crown is only about 4 5/8″ while the baseboard is 5 1/4″ I believe, so the amount of paneled wall showing at the top and bottom is not symmetrical. Though the bottom will have furniture in front of it so it’s no biggie.

And the piece over there on the left of the picture has a piece of quarter round sitting up against it just to give you an idea of what the molding will look like once we add it.

Here’s another shot of the two moldings by the closet…

Mike also filled all of the nail holes, sanded and caulked the paneled wall. All that’s left now is to prime the raw wood boards!

Normally this is where I would zoom out and give you a full room shot, but we currently have an island of boxes hanging out in the middle of the room…

There’s a stroller, our Jonathan Adler giraffe sconces and a box of other baby stuff hanging out and acting as a table for our caulk and whatnot. I don’t want to unload anything else into the closet because we’re planning on giving that a makeover as well.

We’re hoping to choose paint colors this weekend and get going on that in the next week. Weeeeee! Wee wee weeeeee! Just call me a pig on a zipline…

How to Create a Paneled Accent Wall

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Posted by Rebecca, February 8th, 2012

Yesterday I shared how we decided on and planned out the accent wall for the nursery. Once we had made all of our major decisions, we headed to Lowe’s to buy some wood. We decided to use solid wood for this project, despite the fact that nearly every tutorial I saw used MDF. We figured since we were being neurotic about having a solid wood crib, it would be a little counterproductive for us to line the entire wall behind the crib with MDF. While MDF would have been the cheaper option, we decided to buy some 1×4″ whitewood boards. We liked the chunkier look of a 4 inch wide board and it was most cost efficient to go with the 1 inch depth. We picked up 10 foot pieces and it ran us about $75 for more than enough wood. Which we paid for with a gift card from Christmas πŸ™‚ But if you wanted to save money you could certainly use MDF boards, or have a sheet of MDF cut for half the price. I’ve also read of some people using lattice or furring strips, which we were open to using but the sizes didn’t work out for us.

Once we got the boards home, we sanded the fronts and sides with our new sander, which we also got for Christmas.

Since we bought decent boards and were picky about the ones we chose, we didn’t have to do too much sanding and used 220 grit paper. We mostly just got rid of the rough edges and made sure the fronts were nice and smooth. I even got to play with the sander, since it was extremely user friendly.

I have no face! The only way you can tell it’s me is by the exceptionally tight non-maternity jacket I am still squeezing into. Every week I think it will be the last for that coat and a few weeks ago my belly actually busted the zipper. But I managed to get the zipper back on track and continue to squeeze myself into it. Anyway, despite the fact that I had a dust mask and goggles nearby, the new sander sucks up the dust as you sand so there really was none. Pretty fancy πŸ™‚

When we researched how to get the boards onto the wall, we saw that most people glued and nailed their boards. Knowing that our solid wood, 1 inch thick boards were larger and heavier than most other tutorials, I thought gluing and nailing was our best bet. But then we were back in the VOC predicament… here I am, the lady who emailed Baby Appleseed to ensure that the crib we wanted did not use glue that contained formaldehyde and I’m about to glue a bunch of boards to my nursery wall. After a little visit to the Liquid Nails website, I saw that their “Projects” product worked on wood and molding and came in a low-VOC, green certified, no toxic fumes and safe for use around children, version. We picked some up and put some on each board.

Yeah we have no light in the baby’s room so we’re working with a single Ikea lamp for the time being. Please forgive the poor quality pictures until we buy a light fixture.

We started with the bottom boards, then added the top boards. We made sure that these 4 boards were nailed into studs and well, we nailed the hell out of them. We wanted to make sure that the weight of the 10 foot board was not going anywhere.

Then we added the two boards to either side.

At this point, as you can see in the picture above, we decided to trace some boards to make sure our interior boards would work. We ran into 2 very minor issues… #1- there is an outlet on the wall and #2- 1×4″ boards are actually smaller than 4 inches wide.

In my sketch, the two interior horizontal boards are 12 inches from the frame. The vertical boards are 24 inches apart.

There is an outlet in the bottom box on the left hand side, about 12 inches from the bottom board. We easily fixed this by making each of the horizontal boards 13″ from the frame rather than 12″. Like I said, easy fix.

For the vertical boards, since we couldn’t nail them into studs, we decided to make those our “choppy” pieces that we cut in 3 pieces to keep them lighter. We kept the horizontal boards (which could be nailed into multiple studs) whole. Since we did this, it was easy to cut the 3 top small pieces and adjust them to compensate for the slightly thinner boards. Here’s Mike measuring before they were actually attached to the wall…

I think each gap ended up being around 25 1/4″. Then we just lined up the remaining vertical boards to make sure they matched the top ones, leveled (plumbed?) them, and we were done!

Mike filled all of the seams and nail holes with wood filler and it’s just waiting for a sanding.

Then we need to add crown molding to the top, base boards to the bottom, caulk, prime the boards, paint… and we’re done!

Really this wall was incredibly easy and took us such little time. We spent maybe 2-3 hours on it Sunday before the Superbowl, which allowed us to sand and install the boards for the outside frame. Then last night we spent another 2-3 hours sanding and installing the interior boards and that was it! Oh and included in that is the time I spent sittingΒ on a chair eating Thin Mints….

Planning an Accent Wall

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Posted by Rebecca, February 7th, 2012

I’ve mentioned before how our nursery plans included some sort of board and batten. I’ve always wanted to add some molding to the nursery and I was inspired by Emily’s living room makeover this summer…

(via Decorchick)

I figured we’d do something a little higher than chair rail height like hers, but all the way around the room. Here are some nursery versions I’ve seen around Pinterest…

(from Sweet Tea Paper on Etsy via Pinterest)

Β (from The Fickle Pickle via Pinterest)

I’ve always liked this idea because I figured it would add a pop of white for me to put dark nursery furniture against. It would also allow me to add some darker colored walls than I would if the more classic molding was not there. But, I didn’t want to do a simple vertical board and batten and I liked the design of Emily’s wall in the first picture the most.

When I started to think about how I could make our board and batten more interesting, I realized that the multiple lines in the first design, the part I loved the most, would get kinda busy and clashy with the crib and straight dresser. I debated whether or not to keep my board and batten as the usual horizontal boards on top and bottom with vertical lines in between, but I didn’t want it to compete with the wainscoting we started to add to our entryway, which will be right outside of the baby’s room. I didn’t want our house to have a molding identity crisis!

So just recently, like the past week or two, I started thinking more about keeping the molding limited to just one accent wall, like Rambling Renovators did behind their bed in their master….

(via Rambling Renovators)

And Emily did in her stepson’s room…

(via Decorchick)

I thought this would be a great solution because the dark, curved back of the crib would fall in between all of the horizontal lines of the molding, so they would not compete for attention. The problem was that I didn’t know how many boards to add or how it would look in our room. I’ve used both Photoshop and Google SketchUp before, but I am not used to either and they take me for.ev.er. So I decided to just sketch it out by hand to give myself an idea of what design we could do.

Then I got a better idea… I could draw it to scale with some graph paper!

First, I printed off some free graph paper from PaperPrintout.com. I used the 1/4″ sized squares so that I could draw it to scale without it being too small or too big. The wall we are adding the molding to is 8’x10′, so I counted each box as 4 inches. So I needed my wall to be 24 boxes by 30 boxes on my graph paper.

After a trip to Lowe’s and some googling, we decided to use 4 inch wide by 1 inch thick boards for our molding. I’ll explain that decision a little later, but then each board in my sketch took up either a row or column of boxes. I kept it as easy as possible πŸ™‚

Note that the 3 vertical boards in the middle ended up being smack in the middle of a column of boxes! Just my luck, though still easy to sketch πŸ™‚

The top and bottom boards are doubled- there are two 4 inch boards stacked on top of one another. This is to integrate 5.25 inch baseboards and crown molding with the rest of the room. Once those moldings are added, the seam between the 4 inch boards will be covered and we can still have higher and beveled crown and baseboards on the other walls of the room. We wanted to ensure that everything sat nice and flush.

Having everything drawn out made the process so much easier… and it took me a whole 5 minutes to draw. And spoiler! We finished putting the boards up tonight and will snap some pictures and share more details tomorrow πŸ™‚

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