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We are two house-loving DIYers now onto our second house. One of us has vision...and one has actual skills.
Design and working on our home are our major hobbies, whenever we have a few moments of free time not devoted to our daughter or jobs. We are hoping to share our ideas, triumphs and mistakes to help other DIYers and get new ideas from all of you!

Friday, January 17, 2014

And the first room to get a REDO - Office to NURSERY!

Tessa arrived on January 3rd, but to get ready we had to make her her own little home in our house in advance.  Starting this summer, and finishing this fall, we converted my office to her nursery, and moved my desk just outside, into the lounge at the top of the stairs - a great nook for it, I just wish there were some natural light there.

Her nursery inspiration was sort of..vintage French carnival? Hot air balloons, pastel rainbow colors, vintage touches and neutral bedding.  I didn't want anything that screamed nursery or princessy baby girl lives here.

Some of the DIY projects in this room:

  • Brent made a recessed bookshelf to save space and up storage.

  • Brent converted part of one of the eaves into a baby-sized closet

  • We bought prints on etsy and framed them ourselves at Framer's Workshop to save on labor costs - holy cow is framing expensive!

  • Instead of a mobile, we hung the hot air balloons (purchased individually on ebay for much less than the mobile) from the ceiling using painted eye-hooks.  

The changing table is a dresser from Ikea.  The paint color stayed the same - Behr's Limelight.  The curtains were from Target, and the glider found on a super deal at walmart.com.

The LAST room to redo - Dining Room

The dining room was the LAST room in the house we had not really touched yet, well minus me painting the hutch over last February break.  It got a fresh skim coat to fix up all of the walls/ceiling, crown molding, and new paint.
The before picture - the last of the 3 main rooms that still had flesh on flesh paint/trim.
Brent has gotten pretty fast at scraping down the walls and skim-coating, but it's still a messy and time-consuming process.

The handsome handyman :)

The paint color is Concord Ivory.  It looks LESS bright in person than it does in these photographs, but it is definitely a gold/yellow.

All done!