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Toddler Bedroom – Painting

I love painting.  It is a quick way to give a whole new look to a room without spending too much money.  The visible transformation with one coat of paint is amazing; it changes the light and feel of a room completely.  I hate masking, but that is a necessary evil of painting.

IMG_417108First thing was to choose a color.  I knew that I wanted to paint L's room, and I was pretty sure that I wanted it to be a light grey.  We purchased a few samples and slapped them on the wall.  Our house came with all the walls painted a flat tan color, which is fine, but rather bland.  Flat paint is also horrible in a house with children.  Anytime you wipe the wall you leave water spots and remove some paint.  Satin or eggshell finish is a must with children; it is wipable and still looks nice.  It also reflects more light, making a room seem brighter.

The top two were determined to be too light, not giving enough contrast between the walls and baseboards for my liking.  After going back for another round of samples, we ended up choosing the second from the left on the bottom row.  It was warmer than the others, which would look better with our tan carpet.  After choosing and purchasing the paint, we had to wait until the grandparents could watch L so we could get painting done.  That is the one stage of his room that we did not let him help with.

Step one was to mask the ceiling, windows, baseboards, all outlet plates, and put down a drop cloth.  Masking went much faster with both J and I working on it, he did the ceiling and I did everything that did not require going up on a ladder (I was very pregnant at the time). 

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After masking, it was time to start painting.  I did the edging that did not require a ladder and J did the edging that did.  We bought low VOC paint and had the windows open, but I still let J do all of the rolling, just in case.

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We kept the room closed for a day, but the next day we had a little touch up painting to do.  L was home by then so he wanted to help us paint.  I am very happy with how the color came out; it makes the room much brighter during the day, giving it a fresh and cool look.  I want to paint all of our bedroooms this color!


37.4 weeks

I am in the home stretch now!  I just got a call today, and my c-section is scheduled for 4/24.  Less than 10 days away!  At my OB appointment on Friday, they were concerned about how small I was measuring, so I am going on Weds for another ultrasound to make sure that everything is ok with baby.  I am sure it is all fine and I am just measuring small because she is further down in my pelvis than L was at the same time, but pregnancy hormones do not respond to logic so I am also extremely worried.

I am not ready for baby girl to be here, but at the same time, I am very ready to not be pregnant anymore.  I don't think I would ever be truly ready for another baby, no matter how much time I could take.  At this point, I am just hoping to have my hospital bag packed and the house semi clean before she gets here (neither of which are done yet).  J and I have some other projects that we would like done before she gets here (ceiling fan installation and Hot Wheels car rack for L), but none of those other projects are essentials.  Here is a quick update on my "essentials" to-do list:

  • Move tall dresser and bookcase to L’s room
  • Move L into his big boy room
  • Paint owl and birds
  • Paint Tulips
  • Convert bed back to Crib
  • Make crib skirt


  • Set up changing table (changing pad and diaper changing supplies)
  • Remove the rest of L’s stuff – Just have to remove the artwork hanging on the walls still
  • Add closet organizer for baby clothes – Bought the same one we used for L's room and it doesn't fit.  Went and got a different one from IKEA and it is halfway installed
  • Buy new curtains (baby blue just doesn’t go with her room colors) – One curtain painted, I ran out of textile medium so I had to order more.


  • Make/Buy mobile – Started an ETSY convo to get a custom one made . . . still waiting on response . . . 

​So, I have made some progress on the list, but not as much as I would like to have made by now.  Hopefully with J starting to work from home more this week, we can knock out a couple of projects during his lunch breaks.  Haha, like he gets lunch breaks!


31.6 weeks

I haven’t updated in a while because nothing new has been going on.  On Monday I had another OB appointment and I received the official date that my pregnancy disability leave is going to start.  My last day at work is 3/28 and it cannot come soon enough!  Ever since getting the official date and starting the paperwork, each day seems to drag on.  Minutes feel like they are lasting hours, and don’t even get me started on how long hours seem.  At least having to go to the bathroom every hour is a way to mark time as it passes.

Other than that, baby girl is very active and is giving me crazy heartburn that lasts all day and night.  She even has a little attitude already!  If J puts his hand on my stomach, she calms right down, but if L touches or leans against my stomach she starts kicking in that spot.  She is already trying to defend herself from the attacks of her big brother!  She was also kicking the Doppler when the OB was checking her heartbeat at the appointment.


31 weeks

I have started painting her room finally, but there is still a ton of work that needs to be done in it.  Here is my checklist of things to do in Baby Girl’s room (most of which won’t be happening until I am on leave).  I promise I will write a post once the room is complete and I will have pictures and details on almost everything!

·         Move tall dresser and bookcase to L’s room
·         Move L into his big boy room
·         Paint owl and birds


·         Paint Tulips (4/15 complete)
·         Convert bed back to Crib
·         Make crib skirt
·         Set up changing table (changing pad and diaper changing supplies)
·         Remove the rest of L’s stuff
·         Add closet organizer for baby clothes
·         Buy new curtains (baby blue just doesn’t go with her room colors)
·         Make/Buy mobile

Finally, J just got me hooked on a new cell phone game.  Monster Warlord.  It is crazy addicting and easy to play.  That gives me something to do when I am ready to go all crazy-pregnant-lady on someone.