Nursery Part I

The time has finally come! I’m so excited to start working on this baby’s nursery I can’t contain it! Since we decided not to find out the sex the space is going to be very gender neutral. So many people have asked me, knowing I love interior design, how I would work on the nursery without knowing the sex. Honestly, my whole house is gender neutral! I love to keep a clean palette and then add pops of color here and there. With so many options out there it’s been hard to decide but I created a mood board to help keep me on track of pieces I want to add to the space. Once the baby arrives we can always add some feminine touches or masculine ones. Gender Neutral Nursery Mood Board

One of my favorite things about this house is that it is the house my husband grew up in. We have been working little by little to make it our own and this space is no different. The room we will be turning into the nursery used to be my husbands childhood room. Up until recently it still looked like his childhood room since all of his bedroom furniture was still in there! Sadly it was also the space where things went to die. Don’t know where to put that box? Stick it in the bedroom. Too lazy to put all that wrapping paper up into the attic? Stick it in the bedroom for now. Catch my drift?

Our plan is to empty this space out and start from scratch. Our first order of business was selling all that furniture and clearing out as much as we could! Try not to judge…just think of this room like Monica Gellar’s closet.Baby V Nursery Part 1We were lucky enough to sell all the furniture, which was in great condition to a family with 2 little girls who will hopefully enjoy it for years to come.
Next up was removing all the old molding and ripping up the carpet. We aren’t ready to take the carpet away yet since we will be doing more work like adding new molding and painting. Rather than having to cover the beautiful hardwood underneath we’re keeping the carpet there but we wanted to clear out all the nail strips.Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1Baby V Nursery Part 1We are working step by step with this room so the next task is to move the A/C vent a bit father away from the wall  so the crown molding will fit and then to center the light fixture. If you scroll up you may notice how incredibly off center it is! Once the holes have been patched it will be time to paint!

Choosing a paint color was interesting. I knew the exact color I wanted, Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, until I put a sample on the wall and was confused by how dark it was. Next to it I also tested Edgecomb Gray, our bedroom color, and then Balboa Mist. I posted this photo on Instagram and the right side seemed to be the popular vote.Baby V Nursery Part 1The problem? Those colors were not at all how they actually should look. To test it out I painted a strip of primer underneath the samples and once it dried I resampled the paint. Sure enough the colors were much more true to color. In the end, we chose Balboa Mist (left color but it actually looks like the color on the right) by Benjamin Moore. As much as I love Revere Pewter it was still reading a bit too dark for this space. The lesson learned here? Just because your walls look close to white you should still prime before testing out paints. 

Can’t wait to move on to the next step! Now to order and paint all the molding! 

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Painting a Chevron Wall

Ok guys I’ve got a great project that was really easy to do and took no time at all which is how the majority of my projects go! It all started when I was moving some clothes into our guest room closet and I noticed how badly the walls inside it needed a paint job.  On the top shelf I had placed these chevron boxes and got the idea to match the chevron print on the wall. I loved the idea of doing an accent wall on a smaller scale and because I wasn’t hanging so many things in there the wall would be able to shine! Now, figuring out how to tape off the lines to do this can be very intimidating but it was super simple! 

Here are some before shots so you can get an idea of what I was working with.

Painting a Chevron Wall

DSC_0303Painting a Chevron WallI started by taping off the floor and adding some builder’s paper to cover the hard wood.

Painting a Chevron WallThe box to the left in the closet is a laundry chute which I love!! For the walls and chute I used Benjamin Moore Regal paint in White (Flat).

Painting a Chevron WallI applied 2 coats and left it to dry for 24 hours.

Painting a Chevron WallAt this point I referred to my “plans” hehe

Painting a Chevron Wall

The idea was to create a grid. The wall itself was 74″ wide and 61″ tall. I made 5 horizontal stripes 10″ apart and 7 vertical stripes 10″ apart leaving me with 10×10″ boxes. Since the wall isn’t exact the bottom stripe was 1″ thicker and I also made a 4″ vertical stripe on the end. Since these parts of the wall won’t really show it didn’t bother me all that much.  If I were doing this on a bigger scale wall I would have evened it out by doing a 2″ vertical on the left and the other 2″ on the right.

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I used my level to make the lines straight.

Painting a Chevron Wall

The next step is now making the chevron stripes. To do that all you have to do is draw a diagonal line from the top of one square to the bottom and vice versa.
Painting a Chevron Wall
In order to make the diagonal lines I needed something that was long enough to reach from one end to the next and also something that was flexible for when I was on the edge so of course I went with none other than a ginger ale box.

Painting a Chevron Wall

Painting a Chevron Wall

Next came tapping.  I used the Frog tape. This part is pretty important. You need to decide which parts you’re going to paint and which parts will stay white.  The parts you will be painting will have the tape on the outside of the line you drew. You’ll see in the picture below that the thicker shape is where you are painting and the thinner part is what you’re keeping white.

Painting a Chevron Wall

Now we need to seal the tape. This is the secret to getting the most perfect straight lines! In order to do this you want to take the base color of your wall, in this case the flat white, and go over the edge of the tape where you will be painting. Here’s a photo of what I mean.

Painting a Chevron WallBy doing this, you’re allowing the base paint to bleed through and seal the tape to the wall. I know that all of these tapes claim to not bleed through but I’m working with black paint here so I am not willing to take any chances!  Once that is all dry you can now take your accent color and start painting your chevron stripes!

Painting a Chevron WallI used a high-gloss black latex paint. I brushed along the edges and rolled inside.

Painting a Chevron WallLook at that shine! I decided to do high-gloss because I wanted it to really stand out against the flat white.

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I did two coats to make sure it was a nice deep black! As soon as I did the second coat on one stripe I pulled the tape off before it dried.  I continued this with each stripe.

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I put the shelf back and put up the boxes that inspired the whole idea!

Painting a Chevron Wall

The next thing was to add some more storage. I purchased an 9 drawer Alex unit and hung up the clothes that I will keep in here. Let’s just say I never want to keep the doors closed!

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I wish I could say that is my whole jewelry collection but I would definitely be lying! I have plans to lay some velour inside the top 3 drawers to store the rest of my jewelry in.
Well I hope this inspires you to try out an accent wall somewhere in your home!
Remember even the smallest of spaces could have a big impact! 

How to Paint a Chevron Wall

xo

Linen Closet & More

So it’s been about 6 months that I’ve been meaning to write this post…oops! When I first moved in one of the first things I did was organized the closets in the house. Today I’m sharing 2 bathroom closets.  I couldn’t help but notice when I moved in that there was no set place to keep towels.  I found them all over the place and so I cleaned out one of the bathroom closets and made it a linen closet for us to keep all the towels.

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 I started by emptying everything out and wiping it clean.

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DSC_0375DSC_0380DSC_0383After tossing a majority of the towels out because they had a moldy smell I wasn’t willing to try to remove, I bought some more of my favorite towels ever! These towels are amazing, they are super soft, thick, and wash really well. 

I also grabbed a few baskets and moved all of the first aid items in there since we technically don’t have a medicine cabinet. Here is how it looks now.

Closet Organization

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While I was at it I also cleaned out another closet in our downstairs bathroom and decided to utilize it for all the cleaning supplies and paper items such as toilet paper/paper towels. Sorry for the grainy iPhone pictures.
Before:

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After:

Closet Organization

Closet Organization

Closet Organization

I love the feeling an organized closet gives me.  Just having a place for things to go makes life so much easier! Anyone make a resolution this year to be more organize? Starting with your closets could just be the way to get the ball rolling!