Last weekend Mark and I spent some quality time making final decisions about our direction for the nursery. We priced out the items that we intended to purchase at both Home Depot and Lowes and thank goodness we did because we got some deals!
Nursery Color: Behr Vintage Chic English Channel Interior Satin
Paint is the one thing that we did not go cheap on! It’s incredible the difference in comparison to the pain that was already on our walls! (Cost: $34.95 @ Home Depot)
Forgive the mess! I am horrible at taking “before” pictures and both the dresser and the crib are now disassembled. The hubs is in the (long) process of sanding down the dresser to be stained darker (PolyShades Espresso Satin- Cost: $10.47 @ Home Depot)
This is the crib color! Oil Rubbed Bronze (Cost $7.28 @ Home Depot). I know, I know, if you are skeptical about a wooden crib being sprayed with a metallic finish then you are not alone; the hubs is right there with you:) In my mind it works. I’ll keep you posted about reality:)
Here is our progress! Now, let me explain. We intend to add crown molding, chair rail, and to pain the wall white from the chair rail down. This is the way to paint, I’m telling you! Not having to worry about cutting in a room or taping off everything makes for a quick paint job. Still needs a second coat and the Instagram photos from my phone don’t really do it justice. We also intend to frame the closet and create a built in storage bench so that Greyson has a little reading nook (gotta start ’em young!) See my husband’s sketch later in this post. So here is the breakdown for the cost of all the molding. Keep in mind that our nursery is approx 10’x10′. This is where we found the most drastic cost difference between the two leading home improvement stores. For just enough crown molding for our room we priced it at $55. This is for one sided crown molding (the back is flat) which would also mean that we needed to purchase corner pieces to bring it together in the corners of the room. Then we found a contractor’s kit of 8 12′ pieces of flip face crown molding at Lowes for only $66!! We will have four pieces and some scrap left (my hope is to eventually add crown to our living room/kitchen and this will definitely get us started!) With flip face it is the same on both sides so you simply cut and flip to fit the corners! We also found a contractors kit of window/door casing with 12 7′ pieces for only $30 at Lowes. I can’t remember what we priced this at for just what we needed but it was definitely comparable for a lot less! Chair rail for the room was approx $44, we were unable to find any kits for this. Our original plan was to do frame in box wainscoting (as seen in the sketch) but priced it at around $80 (using the cheapest option) and decided we could do with out that for now. I am soooo excited about how things are coming together!
I didn’t learn until after we were married that my husband could draw. It’s not something he does often but when he does I’m blown away! I mean, you’re talking to somebody who struggles with stick figures. haha We make a great team though! I come up with all these creative ideas in my head and he puts them on paper for me. Match made in heaven:) Mark created some beautiful sketches of our plans for the nursery! I’ve even convinced him to sketch 3 vintage airplanes for me to frame and put on the wall! How cool that Greyson will have his daddy’s artwork to look at everyday?!
The numbers and math will make sense to no one (not even us anymore) but it’s definitely a good rendering of our room for planning purposes:)
Now this is the one I get really excited about! This is the “reading nook” storage bench and the hubby came up with the brilliant idea for shelving on the left to eliminate some dead space! Not only did he sketch this but he is going to build it for me!! I think he surprised himself with the airplane sketch. He said it was the first time he ever messed with shading. I’d say this is a little more than beginner’s luck! haha
I may have forgotten to mention that my sister-in-law scored this practically new (apparently the child used it for a few weeks and demanded a “big-girl bed”) water proof crib mattress for us for free!! God always amazes me with His provision.
So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned prior to this post but our theme for a baby boy nursery has been vintage airplanes. My honey loves airplanes and I love vintage so it works out beautifully! The hubs had actually purchased this plane for himself awhile back but decided to return it and spend his petty cash elsewhere. Good thing he did because we found this baby again for $10 cheaper than what he had paid and got another $7 off for a few dents! Needless to say, we were pretty pumped! This baby is going to hang in the corner of the room above the crib. For those of you who are about to have a panic attack, don’t! It will be well secured, opposite Greyson’s head and high enough so he can’t get to it!
Obviously this is not going in the nursery but I had to share my $5 yard sale find! I couldn’t believe that this baby had a $5 sticker on it, and next to it was a kid’s rocker that was going for $120! (Remember what I said about God’s provision?!?) I wasn’t planning on getting a standing highchair. I mean, there are only 3 of us and we have 6 dining room chairs so we could afford to put a booster seat type high chair on one of them and all of the high chairs these days are way too modern for my taste! They certainly don’t make them like this any more (unless you have a fortune to spend!). Needs a little TLC and a new color (see below) and it will be perfect!
High chair color:)
We are hoping to make some more progress today:) Check back for updates!
Hi! I’m Jenne! Saved by the sheer unmerited grace of God; wife to Mark; Mama to Greyson and Henley; aficionado of all things creative. Grab a cup of coffee (or a glass of wine) and settle in. I’m sure there is something here for you!