Not-So-Baby Baby’s Room

DSC_0385Oh hi! I took a three-year break from this blog. I don’t know what happened. I got busy, and then I had a baby, and then the baby grew into a toddler. And I thought about blogging, but then I just never did. That’s not to say that nothing has happened. Lots has happened. For example, Soren’s tiny office became a tiny nursery. Do you remember what it looked like before? Let’s take a little walk down memory lane. 

When we moved in it looked like this.

And then I painted it, and it looked like this.

And then it got really messy, but I didn’t take pictures of that.

And then I had to fucking paint again because . . . baby. Soren was like, “Leave it! You just painted.” I was like, “OMFG. Are you kidding me?” We have a lot of conversations like this.


Thrilled to be pregnant and painting. Can’t you tell?

The color, which I love, is Sweet Honeydew Melon. We knew we were having a girl, but I didn’t want to go too girly. Also, don’t worry. I’m using Benjamin Moore Natura paint, which I would absolutely recommend. Great paint. No VOCs. No smell.

There were a lot of other projects too:

  • Bought a dresser off Craigslist and half-ass refinished it. (I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain, which you can supposedly apply over existing finishes without much prep. In reality, I don’t think it worked out all that well, so I won’t describe the process.)
  • Bought a glider off Craigslist and contemplated sewing a cushion for it. Ended up ordering custom cushions from this lady. The cushions took a long time to arrive, but the quality is excellent.
  • Took the door off the closet to create more space for the glider.  Hung an L-shaped curtain rod and Ikea curtains to cover the window and door.
  • Made book ledges that look cute, but (spoiler alert) they turned out to be not quite deep enough and not a great option for storing thick board books. I hung the shelves with screws, but I decided the screws were unsightly. So I plugged each and every hole with a wood plug, and then painstakingly sawed them all flush, sanded them, and finished them. Because I am crazy. And because it never occurred to me that I might one day want to take the shelves OFF the wall. IMG_2318
  • Made a shelf. Spent way too much time making and hanging a really simple shelf.
  • Started making drawer liners. Not just cutting pieces of contact paper. Oh no. I decided to use pieces of wrapping paper and apply clear contact paper on top. Because nothing in my life can be easy. (Then my water broke, and I frantically tried to finish making drawer liners before going to the hospital. As if drawer liners could save me. As if drawer liners were the ONLY thing that would save me.)

Here is what was done when the baby arrived:

  • Walls were painted.
  • Empty dresser was in the room.

That’s it. That’s the end of the list. The room was in total shambles. The baby came TWO WEEKS EARLY. I had big plans for those two weeks. I needed those two weeks. Baby just laughed. Babies are sadists. But they’re also pretty cute.


Eight months after my daughter was born (EIGHT MONTHS!), I pretty much had things the way I wanted them. This is what her room looked like back in March.




But I’ve tinkered a lot since then. I installed a pull-up bar, for example.IMG_4032.jpg And I’m about to put up a giant magnet board. And I still have to make the closet into a tricked out reading nook. So maybe I’ll post more pics in a few weeks. Or maybe you won’t see me again for three years. Yup, that’s me. Keeping the mystery alive.



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