Goodbye Green

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! We had a great time traveling and spending lots of time with our families. We got back home the day after Christmas and after unpacking and catching up on laundry (if there is such a thing!), I started taking all the  Christmas décor down. I love holiday décor, but after it’s all over, I’m ready to take it allllll down and find homes for all the lovely gifts we got (and things I bought while I was supposed to be shopping for other people), and make things feel fresh for the new year!

Before the holidays I knocked out a little project. I had been wanting to paint Bo’s room for a while now, and finding out the news of baby #3 seemed like the perfect excuse to get it done. Since we are not finding out the gender and since we are out of bedrooms, this little one isn’t getting a fancy nursery. (#thirdkidproblems) We are planning on the baby sharing Bowen’s room at least for a while no matter the gender. His room is still very baby-friendly, all the diapers and things are there, the crib is still in there….and I really don’t feel like moving it again. Also, Hollis is in preschool and next year she will be going everyday and having to get up early so I’d like her to be able to get a good nights sleep and keep a regular schedule.

I was also hoping this makeover would motivate little man to sleep in his ‘big boy room’ and his big boy bed….and get out of ours! Nothing motivates you to get your 22 month old to sleep in their own bed like being a giant pregnant person. I wanted him to have plenty of time to get used to his new room/bed before the baby gets here. His room was green before, which I had painted while it was still a guest room. This time around, I wanted to tailor more toward him and his interests instead of just making the old room work for him.

Bo's Colorful Farmhouse Nursery // thegoldbrickroad.com

Not a lot has changed from this before pic except for the wall color and some new art. I ended up painting the room a warm white, Valspar’s Asiago, which is the same color I used in Hollis’ room. It’s such a nice, creamy shade of white that just goes so well with everything. I liked the green, but this little room gets some crazy light and shadows throughout the day thanks to three windows on three separate walls. The white feels so much calmer and easy on the eyes.

I added a little blue accent wall with some leftover paint from another project just to make his side of the room a little more special and to break up all the gray and white going on. I also kept all of his tractors around, which were his Brian’s when he was little.

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If we have a girl, the shelves above the crib will probably change a little bit, but if it’s a boy, I don’t have to change much. This gray crib bedding has been around for all three kiddos and I’m so glad.

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Brian found these old grain scoops on the farm and I made them into little shelves. When Bo was smaller, I used them to store diapers and wipes and Buttpaste to access easily. Now they hold our favorite bedtime books that I don’t want to disappear into the abyss that is the playroom.

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I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I’m going to have to add another tiny ‘home from the hospital’ outfit to this shelf….

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Recently my parents took a cruise to Hawaii (so jealous!) and while they were there, they got to visit Pearl Harbor where my grandpa served during WWII. They brought Bowen back these airplane pics and I love that his room is filled with special things that have lots of meaning!

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So far, this little makeover seems to be working. This kid has been sleeping in his bed by himself for the last few weeks and I’m so proud (and a little sad) that he is growing up. He’s going to be such a good big brother!

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Goodbye Pink, Hello Beige

I admit it was a little sad for me to paint over the pink walls in Hollis’ room. But that sadness only lasted about 4.5 seconds. After I got that first coat of beige on the walls, I was actually really excited and motivated to finish it out. Beige is NOT usually my favorite, but in this case it really freshened up the room and made for an awesome blank canvas. I could think more clearly in there and it instantly felt calmer. Perfect for a little toddler and brand new baby to rest and get a FULL nights sleep. Right? Crossing my fingers on that one.

The room is not anywhere near finished, but I thought I would give a quick update on the paint I picked so you can see what direction things are heading in. We started out with a bubblegum pink, and now things are getting a nice, neutral face lift. The cheapest face lift ever. In fact, it was totally free so far. I ended up using leftover paint from the playroom and kitchen.

Here’s where we started:

IMG_20150114_142726 IMG_1765I decided to go with a light beige on three walls and a dark gray accent wall as a backdrop for the beds.

IMG_2355 IMG_2352 IMG_2344I kept the gold polka dot wall decals that were over Hollis’ bed because I want to keep the things she really likes. I’m so glad I ended up getting those decals instead of painting them on. They were really easy to remove and add to the other wall. I even used the left over large dots I had and framed them to hang over the crib to tie them in on the baby’s side.

IMG_2368I also ended up painting the dresser from white/mint to the same gray as the wall. It was sort of a spontaneous makeover, but I’m glad I did it, I think it ties in with the gray wall so much better. And I LOVE it with the gold handles.

So that’s it. It felt really good to just pull everything out of the room and start over. I’m slowly adding things back into the room, but I’m trying not to overdo it. I really want to keep the calm, peaceful feeling I’m getting from the room now, but I definitely plan on adding in some color and fun!