I wish this could be Nursery Part 3: Reveal! But instead something totally unexpected happened. And not in a “YOU JUST WON THE LOTTERY” way.
We finished the hard part – clearing out bedroom #2 and painting (See Nursery Part 2). All we were doing was hanging up some shelves for a cute little reading nook in the corner. Todd was on the last shelf (of course it was!) when his drill hit a PVC pipe and water shot him in the face like seltzer water at a bad comedy club. For a split second we were in shock before Todd ran outside and turned off our water. Our beautiful nursery was dripping wet, our perfect paint job was bubbling where the water had settled and the carpet was damp as a puddle of water formed. All I could do was cry!
We called a plumber, Jerry, and he explained that it looks like the PVC pipe that Todd hit is attached to our emergency sprinkle system and we were actually really lucky because usually you can’t turn the water off of those pipes. You actually have to call the fire department and wait for them to come. I can’t imagine how much more water damage there would have been if that would have happened He couldn’t just go to Home Depot to get a replacement PVC pipe b/c it was a CPVC pipe for emergency sprinkler system. So… 18 hours later our water was back on. He had to cut a gaping hole in our wall to fix the pipe and allow the insulation dry to avoid any mold growing before our handyman, Scott, could patch the hole. Luckily our neighbor had a huge industrial fan we could borrow to dry out the insulation faster. So $500 and 5 days later we were able to paint the wall again good as new. Todd just moved the shelves over a few inches to avoid the pipe.
Even though it was not in the “plan”, I guess shit happens.
… and in the end, I still got my little reading nook. Isn’t it adorable?
We picked the colors and now it’s time to paint!
Step 1: Tape off the edges and lay down plastic so you don’t get paint on the carpet. We used Green Frog tape on the recommendation from various friends and DIY websites. Hopefully it gives us the clean edge we (I) want!
Step 2: Get to painting! We chose Behr Refreshing Pool (aqua) for the accent wall opposite the closet. The nursery room only has one good wall space since the other 3 walls have windows, doors and/or closet along it which makes it hard to configure furniture. Everything might end up on the one wall. lol
Step 3: We painted the other 3 walls with Behr Gentle Rain (gray). I love the neutral contrast with the bright aqua.
Step 4: Just when Husband thought he was done, Wifey tells him that now it’s time to tape the stripes. The look on his face was priceless. We used THIS website to help us figure out the best way to do it. Her post is actually called “The Lazy Girl’s Timesaving Tips for Painting Wall Stripes”. The “lazy girl” part totally appealed to me! lol. Her tip about taking the wall measurement and dividing by the number of stripes you want to nearest whole number was awesome. Our wall was 92.5″ so we measured the first 6 stripes at 13″ and the last stripe was 14.5″ but can you even tell from the picture?? I think it was WAY EASIER to use whole numbers and not worry about decimals. We didn’t have a laser level like she did so we just did it the old fashion way with a pencil and straight edge level and drew lines.
Step 5: Step back and admire your taping skills. They actually look straight! Hint: Add some little pieces of tape to the stripes you ARE NOT painting. Just makes it easier in the moment so you don’t have to think about it. Since our walls are textured we sealed the tape with the base coat paint (aqua) first to minimize any seepage, let it dry overnight before we added the white paint stripe.
Step 6: Time to paint the white stripe! We used Behr Frost (white). We painted 3 coats even though 2 coats probably would have been fine too. But after we finished the second coat, I read on Pinterest (I’m addicted!) that it’s better to remove the tape while the paint is still slightly wet to maintain a crisp straight line so we added the third coat b/c I think we started getting “remove tape” paranoia.
Step 7: Moment of truth! Time to remove the tape. I was excited and scared! I kept telling Todd, “Go sloooooooooow…” and holding my breath with every inch of tape that came off. Lemme tell ya! Removing the tape was the best part. Aaawww… look at those stripes. I am so in love. I am beyond proud of us! We did it all by ourselves.
Step 8: Once the tape is all off, admire your work. Because YOU did that. No professional help needed. I’m pretty sure Todd is thinking “Wow. I can’t believe it really worked. Maybe I should trust my wife more often especially if she found it on Pinterest.”
My thoughts exactly. 😀
Stay tuned for Part 3!
My inspiration for Baby Boy’s nursery is the “retro cars fabric” that I found on a THIS website. I love the aqua, gray, orange and white together. Seems so bright and refreshing yet calming for a baby. I already had someone via Etsy make me a crib blanket from it. I just adore it.
Now the fun part! Picking paint colors. I ordered some swatches that coordinated with the fabric and brought them to Home Depot. Agnes, our HD paint consultant, Todd and I poured over thousands of paint chips to narrow it down these aqua and gray colors. My plan is to have a feature aqua wall and the other 3 walls gray. I keep going back and forth between Gentle Rain and Porpoise when I look at my gray fabric swatch. I feel like the true color is something between the two.
Now to figure out WHICH gray??
I have a feeling Home Depot and Agnes will be my new best friend in the weeks to come…
Stay tuned for Part 2.