Sunday, March 4, 2012

Nursery - Before

We bought our house in 2007. The room that will soon become the twin's nursery has remained empty since then. It had become a sad reminder in some sense of the fact that we had struggled to add to our small family of Tippy, Tidy & the Pog. For the most part, the door remained closed and we stored extra stuff in the room that we didn't know what to do with. Sometimes it also functioned as my ironing room...

So, today, 22 weeks and 3 days pregnant with our beautiful twins, we finally cleared out the room and started making some headway on next steps.

Here's a few pictures of the room as it stood this morning, "Before" (well, I should say, AFTER, we cleared out the closet at least)

This is the view of the room when you enter into it from the hallway. It's a nice corner room so it gets east and southern exposure... lots of great sun. But notice a few things... 1) Junk in the corners 2) Baseboards not in their proper place and 3) Pink blinds... Pink (And I think the sellers painted the walls quickly to cover a pale blue.... Yikes. (By the way, I have a VERY neutral and natural style. I like colors inspired by nature and that run in the grey, tan, green, blue and yellow families, with a heavy emphasis on the grey and tan). So the pink blinds and blue hue that had come through the slopped on paint definitely needed to go.

Around the corner to the right of the door is a closet. Not too bad, but the doors need a fresh coat of paint (That looks fun, with all those slats, huh?) and I plan to find some decorative door handles.

There is also a nook to the right of the closet that had adjustable shelves both inside and out. You can see a picture of the inside of the closet here with the adjustable shelves still up in the closet. They came down today. We are going to have someone build permanent shelves in the nook on the outside of the closet for books and containers and such.

Above the closet used to be a light fixture, that has been down for oh, about 4 years... So this needs to come out and a new light fixture will be put in. I have one in mind that I found at IKEA. I can't wait to see how it will look with our colors.

And finally, this is the lovely beat to shit door that currently is how you enter the room, from the hallway. This will be replaced too, to match some of the other doors we've replaced in the house. I  know the people who lived in this house before had 3 kids and a dog, but I feel like from the looks of the woodwork in the house, either their dog scratched everything, or they locked their kids in their rooms and they tried to scratch their way out. (No, that's not a funny thing to joke about.. I know... But seriously, how does one house get so much wear and tear. And yes, I'm sure I will find that out)

So, today, we cleared the room out,  painted the closet a fresh coat of flat white and put up some paint chips to decide on.

Which one do you like? Which one do you think we picked? Tidy and I agreed right away, which is very unlike us when it comes to house decorations. The nursery will have one of these shades of grey for walls, dark and white furniture and some yellow and black and white accents, wall hangings and art.

I still want to maintain some sense of cohesive style in the nursery that fits with our mid-century modern  house. Just because we are having babies, doesn't mean I have to lose my style, right? I can't wait to see how this all comes together! More pictures to come.

And I must say that it feels SOO good to be clearing that room out to make room for these babies. I think the room is going to be happy too. It's been waiting a long time to be used in a better way.


Gurlee said...

That is awesome, you guys accomplished a lot! Have fun creating a beautiful, cohesive space.
Btw, I tried to comment on your last post but couldn't. Weird, huh?

Bernadette & Duane said...

big steps for you guys!!! Funny, we have a similar pre-nursery story with an unused room in our house. So happy things are moving along! Best, B

Glass Case of Emotion said...

I like the one all the way to the left (color)... best wishes for you and glad to hear your joy!

RunningMama said...

I was guessing the grey color in the middle! This is so exciting!!

Kate said...

love love love the darkest grey! It's the same color as my living room and part of my dining room and would totally use it as a nursery color too. can't wait to see the finished product. <3

Sybil said...

You guys had a busy weekend! I am going to guess the color in the middle. I can't wait to see the room as it progresses...I bet it will look wonderful when you are done!

LisaB/lisabttc said...

I like all the colors! I can't wait to see the progress! I'm excited!

Anonymous said...

How awesome to finally be clearing out and decorating that lovely room! I'm guessing the top row, middle color. LOVE that you guys agreed right away...too cool. :)

Cherm said...

Yay for progress on the nursery. I like the bottom row middle. Which one did you pick?