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How Hard Can it Be?

1.31.2011

Thanks for all the well wishes from our little announcement!  We have started on the nursery, but a final after is a ways away.  We we have plenty of time and a whole lots of projects.

Honestly I had been thinking about the nursery since before we were even thinking about kids.  Because it is such a fun room and you can get away with cute things that would look silly anywhere else. 

In browsing all sorts of inspiration pictures, I knew I wanted some sort or built-in or architectural feature to add to our boxy room with two plain windows.

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Since I knew the window wall was wasted space in terms of furniture placement, I came up with a “brilliant” idea of a built-in window seat.

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Easy peasy right?

Well first the ceiling had to be scraped of the popcorn…and the stains.  Which, in my delicate state, I got to sleep through while Derek did the dirty work.

I did help him tarp everything though.

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If you have never scraped popcorn, it is a very messy and gross job.  But it is also pretty easy.  Just dowse the ceiling with water from a garden sprayer, wait a couple minutes and scrape.

And it all falls down on you.

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Or Derek in this case.

After we cleaned up that mess, it was time to make more messes with moving vents, light switches, and light fixtures to accommodate the new window seat.  Didn’t really envision that mess in the whole “hey let’s add a window seat” idea.

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Luckily Derek’s step dad was along for this project and we could not have done it without him.  Drywalling is an art form we have not mastered and he took care of skim coating the ceiling, running new electrical, and patching all the wholes.  Not to mention the whole window seat thing.  He was invaluable.

After the drywall was done, it was time for primer and paint.  I planned a gender neutral aqua and orange color scheme, but I am sad to admit that I did not follow my own rule of painting a test spot on the wall and deciding on a color before buying two gallons of it.

Nope, I had figured I had picked enough paint out at this point that I could skip that step.  So I bought two gallons of my teal and let Derek handle the painting while I took another nap.

But after cutting in all the corners, he was very smart to wake me up because he knew it was not what I wanted.  A very pretty sage, but not a teal.  So we had to go buy two new gallons of paint.  I am never breaking my own rule again.  It is an expensive rule to break.  Here is the new teal on top of the wrong sage.

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After the painting issue, the window seat was finally ready to go in. 

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I wish we had a detailed window seat how to.  But it was so custom to our space and went through many redesigns during the install that it is not the case.  But I have lots of step by step pictures.

First the bookshelves went in…..

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And then the facing pieces and the bottom (while it was blizzarding outside)…..

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And then the lids and the crown molding.

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The lids flip up for toy storage….

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And there is a curtain rod built in behind the crown molding.  I plan on hanging full length drapes so the sides of the book shelves are hidden and I can try to hide that they are different sizes.

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And I can pull them all the way across to block all light.  And when the baby gets older, the cushions can come off the tops and it can be used for a stage.

Now we are in the unglamorous section of the project of filling holes and painting.  Everything will be white including those windows. 

Ugh window painting…..

I think it is time for another nap.

20 comments on "How Hard Can it Be?"
  1. Love it! It really adds character to the room and love the white, it really compliments the paint color.

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  2. Ooooo I love how its coming along!! Congrats on the bundle of joy!!

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  3. Oh, I missed your annoucement! Congratulations!!! And I love the window seat, it is perfect!!!

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  4. Oh Jenny! The built ins look incredible!! That will add so much character to the room. Can't wait to see more!

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  5. that looks so beautiful.

    i can't wait to see the entire room completed. i'm sure your ansy for that as well.

    i love built ins and window seats in nurseries.

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  6. Started the remodeling of our master bath today. Removing the old fiberglass tub and shower and replacing them with one larger tiled shower. I want a storage bench to fill in whatever space is left from the old tub. Wish Gary lived closer as I doubt I can convince Tim to build one. We'll see...
    At any rate, you whole set-up looks terrific! Can't wait to see the completed project! I know it will be spectacular as always!

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  7. I love the built in bookcases and window seat so fitting for a nursery!

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  8. GET OUT! STORAGE & FUNCTION.. *sigh* what a dream! can't wait to see it finished! :)

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  9. What a great idea! The built-ins are perfect and it's going to look so great when it's all done!

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  10. Jenny, I hope you're OK with the fact that I am headed your way so I can move into that room. Seriously. It's amazing. When your baby is Eleanor's age, you are certain to have some performances on the "stage." I know she'd LOVE that room.

    I can't wait to see how it looks after DEREK gets gone filling holes and painting. :)

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  11. The fact that you took on the popcorn and lived to the tell the tale? Impressive.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the nursery area and love that fact that you are going to curtain in off. Seriously, I need your design guidance in my house. You are oozing style.

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  12. It looks great!! I can see this becoming the coolest "fort" area in a few years!!

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  13. It's looking great! I'm dying to put in a window seat like that in my living room but so far I haven't had the guts to do it.

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  14. Looooove the built ins! They add so much character!

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  15. Just found your blog! Love your laundry room!!!

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  16. Everything looks wonderful. I love the color.

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  17. OOh...I love how it's coming along!! So pretty:)

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  18. Your builtins are beautiful! I would've never thought to face the bookshelves towards eachother, what an awesome idea!

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  19. Love that teal! I am trying to narrow mine down, I chose 15 paint sample cards (think that was enough.), but now that I see yours.... What color specifically is it?

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