This week I’m sharing the progress we’ve made on our house room by room since we bought it two years ago. Every single room in our house is still a work in progress, but we’re getting closer to making it feel like home one room at a time. Or in our case, the whole house a little bit at a time.
Baby Boy Nursery “Before”
This room was originally our baby girl’s nursery when we first moved in. At the time, I only took a few quick phone pics to share with a friend so excuse the blurry cell phone shot! Her nursery was functional but a little hodge podge, since we were slowly collecting some used furniture at the time. After all the expenses that come with buying our first house, we didn’t exactly have a ton of pocket change to buy new furniture too. The room is sporting the same butter yellow walls and greige ceilings the rest of the house had when we moved in. It wasn’t terrible, but it felt a little dingy and dark.
Baby Boy Nursery “After”
When our little “Rider” came along, we moved “Angel” into the other bedroom… and this room sat untouched because I had painted the whole rest of the house and I just ran out of gas. That’s why it looks so funny in my living room picture a couple weeks ago if you remember. (Hubby was actually using that room for an office/storage room at that point because “Rider” was still tiny and sleeping in our room at night…)
Anyways, I posted that living room picture and then I saw how sad that room looked… and it’s the last room in our house that hadn’t been painted, since I was painting the house a room at a time. And it was the motivation I needed to clear out that room and break out our paint supplies. (I don’t like painting, so I had been dragging my feet to get this room done…) And it’s about time! It looks so bright and happy now that it’s finally done!
I considered painting the room a color, but ended up painting it white instead to keep the room more flexible and neutral. If Hubby needed an office in the future, we wouldn’t have to repaint the room before moving his things back in. Plus the neutral room color makes it easy to switch up the color scheme without a lot of hassle as baby gets older.
Rider’s dresser has a beautiful shape and I’m hoping to refinish it soon. I would love to paint it either a white or a navy color and find some rustic vintage handles somewhere.
You may have noticed that the rug looks oddly familiar… I actually just pulled the rug from Angel’s room to give it a try. I looked for a rug for this room, but haven’t found anything I like yet. And I would rather hold out until I find the right piece than spend money on a temporary fix. (On a side note, pardon how dirty it looks… I did vacuum the rug, but it looks like I just need to throw the whole darn thing in the washer. Can you wash those fabric rugs? Has anyone tried?)
My sister made the painting on the wall of four wizards from a children’s book of stories. Homemade art is a theme in our home and the pieces that hold the most meaning for us! I would like to get a bigger frame for it… add it to the checklist of things to do!
Speaking of handmade, another sister made the absolutely beautiful dream catcher mobile. Rider loves to look at it when he’s lying in his crib.
This cute sign perfectly displays how I feel when baby boy is sleeping…
I love how light and clean baby boy’s nursery looks now that we’ve gotten started on it. Hopefully I’ll be able to add some finishing touches, like a rug and some more art soon. Are you sensing a trend here? There are lots of rugs and art on my checklist for our house.
Well, that wraps up our house progress so far. Everything is a work in progress and it seems to take so much longer than I first expected to actually finish a room. Is that just me, or does it take you forever to actually finish a room too? (Then again, sometimes I think it’s just a matter of dollars… like if I had a couple hundred lying around of course I could finish our house in a matter of days!)
Have a wonderful weekend friends!
And if you like, you can tour the rest of our house progress here: