Nursery Bedding

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015




So I'm pretty much squealing with excitement that I'm officially on maternity leave! I will not miss the crazy morning rush where we all try to get out of the house on time despite a certain toddler's many, many stall tactics.

:)

I have about a thousand things on my to-do list for the week. While I would love to be crossing off items like......

- frame cute pictures for nursery gallery wall
- order cute fabric for nursery cushions 

....... my to-do list items look more like this.......

- find headrest for baby car seat in the packed-to-the-ceiling-laundry room
- find a place for photo albums from 2006 that were jammed in Cooper's big boy closet

I absolutely cannot complain though, because a) I'm wearing comfy joggers and a new super stretchy hoodie, b) I'm drinking a half-decaf coffee in a real mug, and c) It's sunny and warm today and if I get all of my jobs done Coops and I are having a picnic lunch outside!

So, how about that nursery bedding.

The last picture I shared of the nursery looked like this. The walls had just been freshly painted in Simply White by Benjamin Moore.


Since I'll be using quite a bit less furniture in this tiny room this time around, I thought I would try the crib in between the two windows so that you can see it right when you walk in. (Last time it was tucked along the opposite wall in the corner.)


I ended up purchasing a crib skirt because I accidentally washed the linen/cotton one I made last time on warm and, well, shrunk it to bits. When I took the new one out of the packaging it looked huge. However in the picture it looks kinda small. Ah well, no time to worry about it now!


I added a simple pink and white crib sheet to the mattress.


Then, I threw a pretty little quilt over the railing.


Isn't it cute? It's a little on the bright side, however it's got lots of white, simple hearts and stripes, and some pink, yellow, and green just like my inspiration picture.


Of course I had to add a little stuffie just for fun.



Crib - The Land of Nod
Crib Skirt - Pottery Barn Kids
Crib Sheet - Pottery Barn Kids
Quilt - Pottery Barn Kids
Stuffed Duck - Homesense
Tiny Bench - Local Home Decor Store

At first I was nervous about the white walls, but now I am LOVING them. Thank you for all of your comments on my last post. They were so reassuring that I made the right choice! Wish me luck on my boring errands this afternoon. If you don't hear from me for the rest of the week you'll know that I was toppled by Christmas tubs in our laundry / storage room, hee hee.

White Painted Walls

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015


It's just the weirdest thing. I have this unexplainable  love affair with white. I have no idea why I love it so much - but the obsession has been going strong for years n' years and only seems to be getting stronger.

In the past, I've always painted rooms with subtle colours and then added in a tonne of white furniture and accessories. I've never actually painted a room white (which is also weird because I have about 1000 pictures of rooms with white walls pinned to my Pinterest boards).

I've been itching to try it and I finally mustered up the guts to just go for it. Of course I would have preferred if the room were covered in cozy, cottage-y wooden planks but I'll take plain white walls for now.

{Wooden planks = googly eyes.}

I know these pictures aren't the most exciting but they will show how the new nursery is a completely blank slate right now.

{I pretended that I didn't hear Alex when he described the room as looking like "an asylum". Boys, am I right?!?!?}





I had a really difficult time choosing between Simply White and White Dove, both by Benjamin Moore. Simply White is quite a bit brighter, however White Dove would have provided a little bit more contrast against the doors and trim. In the end, I went with Simply White. 

And, uhhhhh, it's pretty white!

As soon as I finish up this post I'm hoping to iron the new crib skirt and sheets so that I can assemble the crib bedding and show you the sweet quilt that I found - hopefully tomorrow. 

Four posts in a row? Don't get sick of me, m'kay?

:)

P.S. Have you ever painted a room white? Did you love it or, you know, not love it?

P.P.S. I only have two more days of work left and then I am off for sixteen glorious months. 

P.P.P.S. Of course I will be able to get into shape, be supermom, blog daily, and complete all of the DIY projects on my never-ending to-do list while I am off. Sigh, a girl can dream! 

Baby Girl Nursery Inspiration

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Monday, April 6, 2015


Remember this?



Did I somehow forget to mention that that giant bump is a girl?!?!?! Ummmmm, I think I did. And I think it's because I am still in complete shock about the whole thing. For some reason I totally pictured a crazy house full of boys. I totally know how to do the dump truck thing. 

My Little Ponies, however? Panic face!!!!!

:)

With only five weeks left to go (say whaaaaaat) I figured it was about time to get started on a little makeover for the nursery. Being utterly and completely surprised that it's a girl this time around wasn't the only reason for my late start on the room. You see, the hubs was absolutely against me repainting Cooper's old nursery. He thinks I am bonkers for wanting to change a "perfectly good room" with a "perfectly good paint colour".

The thing is though, is that I actually painted the room that colour like, five years ago! And while I loved Cooper's little room and the cute, stenciled wall - I'm ready to freshen things up. 

So, after explaining my rationale and batting my eyelashes for the last few months I finally convinced Alex to help me repaint. 

YAY, I WON!!!!! Oops, I mean yay! we came to a great compromise. Hee hee. 

Before I share the colour that I picked, I wanted to show you my inspiration picture. It's actually a picture of a breakfast room that I've had pinned in a folder on Pinterest f-o-r-e-v-e-r. You see, I don't really want a themed room, I don't really want an over-the-top girly room, and I don't really want a super trendy room. 

The look I'm going for? Sweet, simple, and cottage-y.

Here's my inspiration picture:

Source - Unknown
  
I'm hoping to incorporate a lot of white, some wood and woven textures, and then a little bit of pink, yellow, and green.

Here's my hero getting the room ready to go. He would like me to share that it took him four hours (yikes) to sand that stenciled wall. 

{I love you, honey!}


Here's the room sanded, with a coat of primer on the stenciled wall, and the first coat of paint:


Everyone thinks I'm crazy for painting the room white but I've always wanted to try it. So I just went for it. I'm hoping to add some colour and texture with fabrics, wall art, and accessories. It should be fun.

I'll be back with some photos of the entire painted room very soon! Yippee!

Happy Chocolate Day, Tee Hee

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Sunday, April 5, 2015



Four day weekends are pretty much the best things ever. We've been keeping busy with brunches, DIY projects, Easter dinners, family time, movie dates, spring yard work, and, most importantly, eating chocolate (hee hee).


I splurged at the grocery store and bought myself some tulips. I split two big bunches into three smaller bouquets and stuck each of them in a mason jar wrapped with twine. The dining room looks so spring-y. It really helps that I packed away the last of the winter decor a few days ago. 


Aren't toddlers just the cutest things ever? Our little guy is currently in LOVE with the idea of Superman. He calls himself Super Cooper and flies around the house saving the day with his super powers. I find this so strange because he's only ever read one book about superheros. He imagination takes care of the rest!


I kept the Easter decorating pretty simple this year. A few bunnies, a few tulips, and a few pastel eggs scattered around. Just the way I like it.


Coops' Easter basket was a hit again this year. I tried to sneak in a few practical items like a toothbrush and some big boy undies. Here are a few items from his stash:


I'm always curious (just call me Snoopy McSnooperson) about other peoples' Easter baskets so here's what Coopie's looked like this year.


Easter Pail - Target
Crinkly Paper - Michael's
Easter Bunny, Marshmallow Bar, Peanut Butter Egg - Laura Secord Chocolates
Cars Underwear - Wal-Mart
Spiderman Spinning Toothbrush - Wal-Mart
Paw Patrol Sticker & Colouring Book - Wal-Mart
Sky from Paw Patrol - Wal-Mart
Sparkle Stickers - Dollarama
Glitter Chalk - Superstore
Bubble Wand - Superstore
My First Superman Book - Pottery Barn Kids

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P.S. Did I ever mention how much I love brunch? Mmmmmm cheesy hashbrowns, mmmmmm fruit dip, mmmmmm blueberry pancakes, mmmmmm bacon.

P.P.S. I hope you have a lovely weekend! I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek of a little makeover in the works. :)

Ugly Kitchen Quick Fix - Vinyl Floor Tiles

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015


In my last kitchen post I mentioned that we had just bit the bullet and chosen a strange-for-us, dark grey, click-together vinyl floor tile as an easy quick-fix for our gross kitchen floors.

Exhibit A:

So nasty, right?

The boxes sat in our breakfast room for a good week while we second guessed our decision. The tiles were really dark. And the pattern on them was kind of weird (out of the four samples we brought home I tried to choose the one that looked the least like fake ceramic.) After awhile we came to the conclusion that pretty much anything would be better than what we had before. With the help of his dad, Alex went for it.

They had a few issues to contend with, seeing as our house is a bit odd, and, well, 75 years old. One of the main problems that they had was cutting the tiles to fit under the doorway trim of SIX door openings. Our kitchen has doorways that lead to the dining room, living room, basement, powder room, breakfast room, and pantry. When I called the boys at 2 pm to see how everything was going all I heard on the other end was cursing. At that point I knew it was a bit of a challenging install. Also, they ended up having to place the tile directly over the linoleum (instead of removing it and a layer of plywood) because the gaps under the trim would have been much too big. That required trimming all of the doorway trim with some kind of magical tool that I forget the name of. Even with all of the hiccups, the whole installation took about two weekend mornings.

I'll be honest. For the first few days, neither of us liked the floor at all. We were kind of sad about it. It didn't help that after removing everything from the kitchen it was painfully obvious that all of the walls needed to be repainted, the baseboards needed work, the appliances and kitchen carts were filthy on the sides and back, and everything in general just looked tired and scuffed up.

With everything out of the way we took the opportunity to do some fixing up. First, I gave our kitchen carts and appliances a thorough cleaning on the sides and backs that aren't usually accessible. After that I washed, sanded, and repainted the kitchen walls. We also sanded, caulked, painted, and added quarter round trim to the baseboards. Alex also replaced a seriously old light switch with a nice, shiny, new one.

Exhibit B:



Exhibit C:



With everything repainted, cleaned, and put back together I do have to say that the floors look a lot better than they did before. Do I love them? No. Does Alex love them? No. But do we like them now? Yeah, we're getting used to them. :)

P.S. It's hard to tell in the photos but in person you can in fact see the lines in between the large, rectangular tiles as well as some subtle texture on each tile.

Now let's take a look at the before and after pictures. Here is a picture of the original linoleum flooring:



And here is a picture of the vinyl flooring installed over top:


What do you think? Do you like the before or after better? For me, it definitely feels crisper and cleaner in there and a lot less dingy. Yay for a less dingy kitchen!!!!

Wanna hear some other fun news? We have two boxes of white subway tiles and two lengths of butcher block counter sitting in our basement right now. Our kitchen quick fixes aren't done yet. The idea is to spruce up this side of our oogly kitchen next:


Someday soon I will be saying goodbye to that green and white laminate. Triple yay!!!
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