Like Brendan Fraser, we have been pluggin’ away. Just not on our scalp…instead we have been loggin’ some serious time in our ‘modern cabin’ inspired nursery.
You have already seen how we tackled one of our walls – the wood accent wall made from pallets. But what about the rest of the walls? Well, after some extensive hole-filling, my lovely boyfriend quickly re-rolled the entire room for a finished paint job. And then I stepped in (sporting a very sexy fume mask) to tape the edges and paint the trim.
For our walls, we used Olympic’s low odor, no-VOC paint (the paint color is called Comes the Dawn in eggshell) and on the trim we changed our antique white trim color to pastel white in semi-gloss.
Isn’t it amazing what painting trim can do? It’s like cleaning and beautification in one. It’s sorta like going in for rhinoplasty and coming out with a new nose and clean toenails. And everybody loves a good pedicure 🙂
Then we finally pulled out the crib we bought way back last summer. Thankfully, we found the directions too.
Although, I must admit…putting it together (even with the directions) left us a bit confused. We almost broke the thing. Twice. But after forty-five minutes and several almost-cuss-words later (ok. ok. there might have been one) and a prayer for forgiveness…not to mention a lecture to my belly how mommy needed to clean up her language, we had the thing together.
After a good night’s sleep we decided to pick up where we left off…and headed over to Babies R Us to pick up the mattress. Dippin’ into our Baby Fund, we were armed with just enough money to cover the cushiony mattress.
But then we actually picked up a different version when we got to the store.
(enter gratuitous photo of a good lookin new car and a good lookin guy here):
So what changed our mind when we got to the infamous baby store?
Well, first of all, we had consumer reported baby mattresses and found that Serta mattresses were consistantly ranked very high. Not only are they safe due to their firm surface but they are well made and under $200. So we had our mind set on the Serta Perfect Night mattress which cost $140…but when we got to the store, we saw that they had the Serta Perfect Balance mattress on sale for $150. Not only was it organic (which is not something we would pay $60 extra bucks for but for ten bones, we’ll consider it) but it also passed our very technical comfort-test. We put both mattresses side by side and squeezed. Yeah. And for $10 more, we thought that the extra firmness in the corner ‘pillars’ was worth it.
Plus that lamb sucking on a pacifer is adorable.
When we got it home, we quickly unwrapped the mattress to let it air out. After reading lots of reviews, we took note that this particular mattress has stickers that leave a residue, so we were sure to not remove them but instead make sure that side of the mattress was down. Gotta love online reviews that help newbie parents-to-be like us!
Oh – and I found this interesting…just a little reminder of what this corner used to look like:
Looks pretty different with that accent wall, huh?
So that’s how we added a new hue to our wood trim, gave a fresh coat of paint to our walls and added a new (used) crib and an organic mattress to our nursery. Only one hundred more things to do…like hang curtains, add more furniture, create some art, and of course, there is that uber-secret craft project that I am going attempt…let’s hope it doesn’t require another forgive-me-prayer for foul language. I hate the thought of my baby boy knowing the dirty words in utero.