Thursday, July 15, 2010

How it all started…

I’m finally going to start giving some peeks in on what I’ve been slowly working on… It’s been slow waiting for the money to come in as well as having to work on things on my days off which have been very few.

I figured I’d start with what got the ball rolling…  It actually started in Monkey’s nursery. “How ?” you may ask. Well I’ll tell you.

I painted my boys room when we moved in 4 years ago a plain dark blue. With cheap Walmart brand paint cause I happened to have 2 gallons left from something else. Needless to say its been 4 YEARS and the paint is not only ugly to begin with but has NOT held up at all. At some point Rew even started peeling a big hole ion the paint on the wall. So when I finished Monkey’s nursery Rew came in looked around and demanded to know with a major attitude of indignance “How come da bebe gets cool room and I get crappy room for ?” So here is the baby’s nursery for you to see…

Here was my inspiration piece… a quilt from a bedding set I found at a friends consignment shop but it was already sold.


I loved both the colors and the safari/jungle animal theme.

I painted these canvases…

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You’ll see in a minute that my nursery has a sloping ceiling so I have two short walls that are parallel to each other. I wanted to do vertical stripes on those to “add height” and solid blue on the tall end walls. BIG problem ! My walls are not even and are crooked and messed up like everything else in this house that was built in a hurry by a crooked contractor.  So my husband suggested polka dots instead and I’m happy he did. They look way better than the stripes would have anyway. My blue and chocolate paint was left over from my living room and I made my own khaki  by mixing some white and chocolate. My wonderful sis Shay bought me the green as a “baby present” and even helped pick/find the perfect shade. So I spent nothing on paint !!

I had an old dresser that was given to us by a very special family friend that had been special to their family as well… but it is old… So I gave it a face lift. Sorry I have no before pic but it used to be oak looking and had very tarnished gold pulls. My crib is white so now the dresser looks like this


I also took the ugly OLD blue Lazyboy rocker/recliner you can see a smidge of in that pic and made it a slipcover with a sheet I bought for $3 on clearance at Walmart.  It was the only one and the perfect shade of blue.


These Teeny Beanies from McDonalds belonged to my husbands Grandma. They were very close. My other children have many birthday and Christmas gifts from Grandma but she passed away a month before we found Colt was coming. So it’s nice he has these that belonged to her and they match our theme.



I wanted his name in big letters on the nursery wall but I couldn’t find any I liked. So I bought these wooden circles and painted his name on in a font I liked !

Now here it is all put together !

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Well there it is the room that was “cool “ enough to inspire jealousy in the heart of my 4 year old and make me realize after 4 years and bad paint it was time to give the big boys a new room as well.  I’m quite proud of how it turned out !  Hopefully I can keep on this roll and slowly give you peeks at projects before revealing the boys new room and how all the projects look together!




Haupi said...

Oh I love it! It's sunny and bright, the dots worked and I think you did a great job. I'm your newest follower from the Friendly blog hop - so I'll be following up on all your work.

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Letherton said...

love it
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Sarah West said...

Colt's room looks great!!! :) That's a big difference from the last time we were over there. I can tell you've been working hard. Tell the boys we said hi!

LakeMom said...

The room looks great. Following from Friendly Friday. Can't wait to explore your blog.

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow! Everything looks wonderful! Your pictures are great!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a wonderful day!

Life in Rehab said...

Okay, that's too stinkin' cute! And you did the art yourself? You have talent! Your big boy is right to be jealous.

Steph @ This Organized Mess said...

Thank you Sunny ! Yes I did the art myself... I LOVE to draw and paint !

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