Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nursery * Edited with Picture

Well, in my attempt to be productive in spite of all the roadblocks, I went ahead and picked out paint colors for the nursery. We also picked out a new carpet for the living room and an area rug for the nursery (we will be picking up the old carpet in the guest room and putting down pergo... is that how you spell it?)

The only thing purchased so far is the paint, and I just went to town! I already cut in and put two coats on 2 of the walls! (We are going to have 4 different colored walls, which is what I always wanted to do in the nursery.) We left the color that was already in the guest room, called "Angel Wings"- a very light lavendar - on the front wall. On the right wall, I painted whispering peach. On the left wall, butter (yellow). And on the back wall, today I will be doing caribbean blue. Then I bought a quart of light pistachio green to put leafy/vine designs around all four walls... I'm thinking the height of wainscoating.

I will show you pictures as soon as all 4 are painted! I'm so proud of myself!

I think once we have the furniture in there, it will look sooooo nice :) I've picked out honey-stained wood nursery furniture. We already have a wood Dutailier glider that I bought on eBay, with green cushions. The area rug will be the "gender-specific" piece, so we will get one with mostly pinks if it's a girl, and one with mostly greens and blues if it's a boy. (If What's a girl or boy, you're probably thinking. Yeah, so am I.)

Anyway, that is what has been filling up my days lately. I think I'll get started on that back wall now.

By popular demand, here is a picture (from my phone, so not the best quality... you can't really appreciate the color of the whispering peach right side wall, but this gives you an idea, anyway. That door on the left in the back is the bathroom, and you can squint to see the bright green walls in there, that I decorated last year.) Notice, too, my awesome glider in the middle of the pile of chairs thrown in the middle of the room, lol!

22 comments:

LifeHopes said...

Wow! That is a LOT of progress! I am so afraid to start down that road. Can I ask, what helped you to do it?

At some point, we will need to transition to actual "baby preparation" mode. How does one know when that time comes? Your thoughts are so appreciated. It seems that it would be really therapeutic in many ways. In fact, the thought of doing it makes me sooo happy.. but I fear so much having the room ready, without the baby. ACKKK!!! Worst fear ever.

Also, it sounds LOVELY! Pictures, pretty please! Before and after would be fun!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

I think the feeling of the home visit approaching (even if it ends up we have to go with another agency) got me wanting to "impress" with our finished nursery. Plus, my mind is ALWAYS occupied with baby thoughts, so if one of my rooms is occupied with baby paraphenalia, it really doesn't upset me. Rather, it reminds me of what I'm working toward, so I don't want to give up.

We did the bathroom in the nursery/guest room last year in March. It was right before my NaPro surgery, and I was sure I'd be pg right after it (HA!) But even though it's been there a year, all green and froggy-themed, it is a nice reminder of how much and how long I've wanted this baby.

Plus, the agency had warned us that once we are "waiting" we had better be ready because sometimes placement is very quick... so if it bothers someone to see the baby stuff, they suggest closing the door or putting it in the basement :) But I LOVE the colors of these walls so much that I will not be closing this door!! Especially the peach... SOOO warm and sweet!

LifeHopes said...

Good for you!!! Our home visit is on Tuesday ... and I am just starting to wonder whether our boring, empty rooms might be slightly depressing for her.

I wish I had the courage to do what you are doing. Maybe someday.

Meanwhile, I will be needing lots of pics of yours to help me with ideas:):)

JellyBelly said...

i was wondering what your FB status update meant!

i admire that you could tackle such a big job. i hardly ever go into our office which is supposed to be our nursery. i definitely think that you have to post photos!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Um, maybe I'm not as professional as I think... I was sitting back admiring my first coat of blue, when I noticed the yellow wall (the one I did yesterday) has all these little hardened fuzzies stuck in the paint... there's dozens of them all over, I have NO IDEA what they are or how they got there! (I used rollers, not paint brushes, my first thought was it was cheap bristles that had come off the brush... what the heck could it be??!)

I'm so upset! It's only noticeable when you're close up to the wall, but definately something a toddler could pull off with their tiny fingernails and pop in their mouth... grrrr!!!

Sew said...

WHAT?WHERE IS MY COMMENT I POSTED?

Ugg!

Here it is again....I will make curtains for you! ;) You can get swatches of fabric and see how they look in the lighting. :) I can make the bedding too if you want! You pay for fabric my services to you are free! :) Let's customize TCIE baby! ;)

Its the roller! ;) The same thing happened to us! You don't notice it after a while get another roller. :)

prayerfuljourney said...

Wow! Our bedroom that would have been a "nursery" is now my office/storage room. I never felt compelled to really make it any kind of baby room even when we signed up to adopt. It can easily be converted if the Lord has life changing plans for us but for now...it's where I do my school work. :)

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Sew, YES YES YES!!! OMG, I would LOVE some made-with-love one of a kind "Sewn" curtains!! There is only one window in the room (this apartment/attachment was originally built for FILs mother and aunt when they were elderly and senile... his mother was already a little batty and paranoid about "seeing things" moving around outside.) But you know what I could do is on the opposite wall put a framed mirror with a sill, and hang curtains around it, too!

Ooooh, I'm giddy with excitement! I was wondering how I was going to find the "right" curtains to fit the look of the room. And I'm so paying you for your services, because you are a pro-fess-io-nal.

LH, I thought of one more reason why Pre-decorating nursery is a good idea. (Pre as in before getting pg.) As a "Type A" personality, I really wanted to do the painting myself... and I would have been too nervous to breathe in all the fumes during pregnancy.

Vent-ilation said...

That's so beautiful! You have more progress than in our nursery .. LOL! Seriously, though, it was weird... I posted in Dec. about having the room that would be our nursery closed off from the house -- it was dark, shades were drawn all the time, doors were shut... so I started making a conscious effort to open the room up a bit... And a few weeks later, I got pregnant! Our living spaces have such an impact on us, I think. Keep posting pics of the progress!! (Esp. Sew's curtains!)

Sew said...

Honey, the purple carpet is a MUST KEEP! Purple Rain! Purple Rain! :)

That room is HUGE! I am so jealous!!!

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Um, the purple carpet is a MUST GO! First of all, I hate the shade- - I like blue-purples, not red-purples. And my SIL lived in this apt before we did, with her 12 cats... 2 of which were locked up in this room to pee and crap wherever they pleased... so we moved in and didn't have $ for a new carpet, so got a industrial carpet washer machine. It's much better, but still NOT a carpet I want my baby rolling around or crawling on!!
(My SIL is obsessed with purple. Everything in the apt was purple, and everything in her house now is purple. Doesn't that give you a clue into her personality?!)

Sew said...

You mean you don't like Burple! ;)

Find joy in every journey said...

I am so impressed, we haven't ever talked about putting together a room. We know which one we would use but haven't thought about starting. I guess I am not that brave! You go!!

Living Advent said...

I love the blue! I can't wait to see the finished room.

LifeHopes: I'll be praying for you Tuesday.

allyouwhohope said...

We've been on the adoption waiting list for about two months now and our future nursery is still totally an office. I'm sitting in it right now actually! I feel very behind now!

As for the fuzzy stuff.. that happened to me when I started painting our last house. It's from the rollers. You can google for tips on how to prevent it. I know what you mean though.. it was so frustrating to see them everywhere! I actually tried to pick them off one by one. I wouldn't suggest it :)

Lisa and Jamie said...

Lookin good :) I can't wait to see pics with a baby in that room :)

Beth said...

This is beautiful and a great idea! Adoptions can happen so quickly I think it's best to be well prepared - good thinking! I really like the idea of 4 different color walls, and I love the idea of Sew doing the curtains and bedding - wow!

Beth said...

PS. I got to help with an adoption before I got married - meaning I worked at a hispanic center and a mother brought her baby in and said she wanted to leave him. Anyway it all worked out for my friends to adopt him and they had less than 24 hours notice before he was in their arms! Now he is in FIRST GRADE and wants to be a priest and is one of the most beautiful boys I have ever seen!

Jodi said...

It's BEAUTIFUL Amy. One day your baby will make that room complete :)

LifeHopes said...

Wow, my first thought is that it's SO large!!!

And the colors really look great. Good work! Thanks for posting!!

Oh and baby gets her/his own bathroom!! Nice!

Hafsa said...

How brave you are! I think this might be helpful for you and whether or not you have your biological baby or adopt you will have a baby to appreciate the wonderful nursery you're creating for him or her. I like that plae blue and I'm jealous of the glider, those things are so expensive!

LoLo said...

Looking good Amy, I only wish I had the courage to do that. I want to see more!