nursery before and afters

06 December 2016

As always, put your underwhelmed caps on because - this is not impressive. I feel like it's an improvement but I could be wrong!

A history of Bosco's room (switch to your excited caps for just ONE sec) ...

When I first looked at the house, the owner had this room set up as an office (although because it has a closet I think it can still technically be called a bedroom). It's right next to the master bedroom and I knew it would make the perfect nursery because of the location but ALSO it has one lonely window that is easily blacked out and makes a great napping room. Phoebe slept here for a long time with the thought that she would eventually share with Julia (which she does, now) and Bosco would take over (which he did). But, I guess I hid behind the "these aren't the official arrangements YET so this room can just be a disaster for now" excuse for WAY too long because it really was a total catchall room for bedding and extra blankets etc etc forever. It doesn't really matter because we don't hang out in the room but enough was enough so we made a few minor changes that have made a big difference - to me. 

Here's the before (not a true before because it really was a mess but here's what I snapped before we painted ... )


I loved that rug but unfortunately, it fell victim to some hurricane rain flooding (the back half of our house is kind of a split level and so this room is sort of basement-y but Simon has since repaired the deck and so! no more flooding and the new rug SHOULD be safe) but I was really over the changing table/dresser. I mean, I love it but wanted to freshen it up. My sister-in-law suggested new hardware which made all the difference and along with a thorough sanding and three coats of grey/blue paint ...


... here's what we've got. I was going to paint the dresser dark green but then found those prints and decided to go with blue. I still love the idea of green though! Next time, dear dresser.

Simon kindly painted the room white (it was beige - like the rest of the house was when we moved in) and we moved the glider in from the living room because it was getting destroyed out there and sometimes Bosco will let me rock him if we talk about trucks the entire time.


Phoebe wanted to help model - and who was I to shatter her dreams?

I want to figure out a safe way to repaint the crib because Phoebe chewed on it and it's looking rough around the edges but - one project at a time!


I bought the rug on super clearance from Overstock.com - a place I'd never thought to look for rugs and was pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price.

And a little trifecta of: St. John Bosco (a gift from a thoughtful friend!), newborn photo of Bosco (thanks to Janel!), and a prayer shawl (or so Simon ALWAYS calls them - har har har)


The fake tree has seen better days but it works in here for now.


Tour complete! If you're wanting to consult me for my impeccable eye for design -- I'd understand and oblige.

J to the K.

Happy Tuesday!!

11 comments:

  1. What an incredible difference the paint made in the changing table and the walls! So much can be done with just a little paint!

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  2. I'd love to know the name of the paint! I caught a glipse of another dresser you painted recently and it has me considering the endeavor. I think you have great taste Grace!

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    1. midnight blue by Behr (I used Glidden though this time - works fine for furniture - not for walls!)

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  3. Just come makeover my house please. Looks so good! I love the simple uncluttered and fresh look.

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  4. Did you haul the dresser outside to sand and paint? I keep putting mine off because I don't want to move it to the garage. The nursery looks great!

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  5. I love the new hardware on the dresser and the rest of the room! Did you haul the dresser outside to sand and paint it? I keep dragging my feet on a dresser for this reason.

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    1. no, just into a bigger room and opened the door and windows :)

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  6. Looks great! I love the paint and hardware on the changing table! Are you happy with that glider? Is the quality ok?

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  7. Wondering the same question about sanding before painting!

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    1. no just into a bigger room and opened the doors and windows :)

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