Freckles in April: Getting Started

Friday, May 16, 2014

Getting Started

We painted the main living areas of our house before we moved in and installed some extra lighting in the darkest areas last weekend but, beyond that, haven't done much in the way of decorating or updating. It certainly needs it, but we haven't had the budget or the time (with the exception of getting a projector and building an enormous screen for the living room. Three guesses who spear-headed that project without really talking to his wife about it first). 

The room we've set aside for the baby is almost completely empty AND there's a deadline, which makes it a good place to start.

Looking in from the door

Looking from the corner opposite the door

It's the smallest bedroom in the house, I believe. We have 3 bedrooms and a bathroom all set together off of a hallway on the second floor, so we've got the baby in one, the boys sharing another, and our playroom in the largest room. It's kind of like the kids have their own wing of the house and we love it!

The baby's room gets crap light from the one small north-facing window but, since we've got several years of naps ahead of us, I'm actually counting that as a plus at the moment.

The existing paint is actually a rather relaxing gray color with a lovely dark accent wall but it's flat paint (which I have very strong feelings about) and is looking a little worse for the wear. Paint is definitely on the agenda.

After debating for several weeks I've decided on this color palette (perhaps with a little mint in there as well)-

Something about this room calls for dark and moody paint, so I'm going with navy on the walls. I put up some sample paint on the walls yesterday and I think I've got my color nailed down. To keep it from being overwhelmingly dark we're also going to install some creamy white beadboard and crown molding, which I think will make the room drastically more interesting.

I got super lucky at Goodwill this week and found 3 light gray curtain panels in near perfect condition for $6.99 apiece (as opposed to the $30 apiece like I found at Target). Two will go up on the window and I'm hoping to use the 3rd to re-do the forward facing bookcase I bought when Stinky was a baby (it's the big red thing in the closet. It's fantastic for little kids but has never matched anything in my house).

I'm on the lookout for a dresser that can double as a changing table as well as a rocking chair of some sort. I'll be getting my crib back in the fall (I loaned it out to a friend when Baby 2 outgrew it). I picked out some fantastic art from Etsy this week and I've been searching for a box of unused frames that I know is around here somewhere.

I'm readying my poor finger for the large amount of gold spray painting I'll be doing. I love the idea of gold frames with white mats on the navy wall (image from Pinterest. Original source unknown)

I feel like I've got a good handle on how this room will look and feel and I'm really excited to finally have at least ONE room that's "done". Unfortunately, the hideous brown carpet is there until we are ready to tackle all the flooring so I just have to turn a blind eye for a while. Bleh.

Bonus: here was Stinky's nursery when he was a newborn! That mural was my labor of love while hugely pregnant- I was so proud of it!

And now, my most pressing question: how the freak does everyone organize their kids' closets? If you've got any genius tips, I am all ears.


  1. we don't use the closet in either boys' room for them. they both are filled with storage like christmas decor, etc. we keep their clothes in a dresser each, and their toys are in one….one….bookcase with cubbies. books go under the bed in a slide under the bed type of cubby. and maybe a few stuffed animals live in a basket near by. we keep things really simple in their rooms. if you want organization, though, elfa is the way to go. i have it in three closets in the house, and the combos are amazing that you can put together to make a closet do whatever you want it to.

  2. Like Sarah said above- I don't really use my daughter's closet for her everyday stuff. It is mostly full of her stuff- crib sheets, hanging clothes (not much, mostly church dresses and jackets- she's only 9 months), and some stuff that she's grown out of or not quite grown into. For storage in her room, we have a beautiful Ikea Hemnes dresser- the big, honkin, 8-drawer beast. I love it. The little drawers up top are filled with diapers, burp rags, and smaller things, other drawers are organized by size. Highly recommend it.

  3. can't wait to see how it looks!
    grey has a huge closet that we use primarily for storage. his clothes fit in his blue dresser and i just rotate his winter and summer clothes.

  4. Ooooh! I love it! Ironically, my best friend/designer friend is doing a similar nursery look for her little sis, so I had to share these: and ...just for idea sake. :) Congrats on the baby!


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