Engineered for Greatness
I’m blogging the crap outta this house. Seriously. I’m all over this place like fat on a pig.
One of the most recent questions we have gotten is “when are you gonna start the nursery?!” to which I reply…”I have no idea!”
As much as I would love to dive right in…that’s just not my style. I simultaneously can’t wait…and can. It’s exciting to think about all the possibilities, the themes, the crazy ideas and the cool looks that we could incorporate. But on the other hand, this house is overwhelming to me and if I start too many projects without finishing…well…anything…it is enough to drive a to-do list crazy.
So one of my goals is that I will not start the little babies’ room till I get Will’s room in working order. Recently I showed ya’ll what it looked like…
I hated the way it looked unbalanced and unfinished. So I decided to tackle the Pin-popular project of engineer prints that everyone and their frenemies have tackled. I can’t remember where I first saw this…but basically if you punch in “$5 engineer print art” in Pinterest, there are four thousand different ways to do this. First, you go to Staples (or any other home office store) and ask for their engineer print sizes. I got the biggest one – it’s huge – and it cost $5 to print out your photo. They can only print in black & white so I recommend making your photo b&w before you go…their version of b&w is not-so-cute.
And then you go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up a piece of insulation board. It’s super lightweight and huge. They are about $17 and in the section with the plywood and the insulation. Oh and you can use one board to make two of the biggest prints…so that goes to show how big they are.
First you trim your photo print. Then you cut the board to size…it helps to use an Xacto knife. Also – if you can’t get a perfect cut – just use a bit of rough sandpaper to even out the sides. It makes a mess but it’s worth it.
I decided to paint the edges…I figured the purple didn’t really go with Will’s room So I mixed up a bit of orangey red craft paint and then did a couple coats with a craft brush. It was super easy and fast.
After it was all dry, I used a regular glue stick to apply the print in the board.
And now it looks like this all hung and beautiful…
You may have noticed that I switched the toy chest and the dresser. Maybe you didn’t notice. It just fit better this way with the teepee in the room. And since the toy chest is really more important than any other piece of furniture in the mind of the two year old, it was a nice way to give the kid more play room.
One of my globes fell down. Ooops. I guess that is like Armegeddon? We still haven’t hung it up.
I also switched up the art….FINALLY. It only took me a year.
I still have one more canvas to work on. I’m brainstorming ideas to balance out everything. And I wanna stencil the curtains. Something simple and bold. Statement curtains.
One of my favorite new additions is the little hanging acrobatic bear that now lives on Will’s tent. I got him for a buck at a little thrift store. He’s so ugly he’s cute :)
I also rearranged the books and the toys. I love the addition of the basket and the scorpion. It’s funny how little things makes a room more personalized. Like the little stuffed zebra (the animal I associate with Will now) and the owl (the animal I associate with his newbornie self because of his old nursery).
We also moved out the changing pad. No…Will is not potty trained. Not even close. Not even crate trained. He’s just really long…too long for his changing pad…he’s constantly hanging off the pad…either his head or his legs. So we figured that it was way easier to just take the pad and put it in the stack of things we wanna use in the little babies nursery.
Also I got a new lamp. $5 at the thrift store plus a Walmart shade. And a new trashcan (it’s actually a woven plant holder from Michael’s but it works great for a trashcan). It was $6 on clearance.
The rest of the room is still the same. I kinda want one of those cow hide rugs for in here…but I don’t think Will would appreciate it as much as I would.
So that’s what I’ve been up to in Will’s room. Call it nursery prep