Oh my goodness, y’all.
After about 3 hours of caulking a couple of weeks ago and about 6 hours of painting and cleaning this weekend, I can finally call the basics of our nursery donezo.
Can we just celebrate that for a moment? Because it’s freaking fantastic.
Let’s back up, though. The last time you saw Monster’s nursery, this is what it looked like:
We have come a long way, my friends, and I’m so excited to share today. So settle in and get yourself ready for a long post, because I have quite a bit to update you on!
Let’s get this out of the way though and show you what you’re in for (got to have a little teaser if I want you to stick around, right?) – here’s what it looks like as of today:
Vast improvement, no?
Let’s talk about how we got there, though. The first step after installing the flooring was getting the bookcases back in place – just that one little step did a lot in making the room feel a little more put together…
And, as you can see in the above photo, we also installed some baseboards. We went with some simple, chunky baseboards from Lowe’s along with some cove molding (instead of shoe, because we prefer the look).
At that point, all of the trim in the room was technically installed, but it still needed a lot of work. Most of it needed a coat of paint (the crown and most of the chair moldings were already painted, but could use some touch ups) and all of it needed to be caulked. It sounds like a simple step, but it’s one of those that makes a huge difference in how polished the room feels…especially when the trim looks like this:
It’s hard to see in photos, but there were gaps all along both sides of the trim, and lots of nail holes to be filled.
So, I spent an embarrassing amount of time caulking, touching up paint all around the room, and painting every last bit of trim (plus the doors and door casings, and the windowsill). It was exhausting, boring, and incredibly frustrating. But it was oh so worth the effort…
It’s one of those things that’s really hard to capture the drastic change through photos, but Corey (who doubted me when I said all of this needed to be done) walked in the room for the first time after I finished and was completely blown away by how much more polished and complete the room looked with all of this done. It makes a gigantic difference in the entire feel of the room, and it feels so much more finished! I’m so, so happy I put in all the work to get it done…and pretty proud of myself for accomplishing it all at almost 7 months pregnant!
Now that all of the trim work was out of the way, I finally got to put all of the furniture back into place and get everything settled and ready to be decorated. You’ve obviously seen bits and pieces from the above photos, but let’s take a closer look at everything, because I’m pretty thrilled with how it’s all coming together so far!
We’ve got all of the basics in there – changing table, a crib, and a chair. I’m obsessed with the crib we chose (and the mustache blanket hanging over it is just there for decoration for now, we’ll obviously move it once Monster comes along) and after we bought it I found out it’s the same style of crib that I used when I was a baby – how random!
There is still a lot to be done in here, but I feel like we’re finally at a point where the rest is just decorations – the essentials are there. I’ll do a run-down of what’s left on our to-do list next week, but for now let’s just bask in the glory of a TON of nursery progress!
Oh, but in the interest of keeping it real, I feel like I have to show you what you see when you walk out the nursery door…
Yeah. That’s our guest bathroom and it’s completely and totally unusable right now. It’s stuffed to the brim with tools we’ve been using and a ton of stuff to go back in the nursery (or find a new home) and I’m dying to tackle it next. That is definitely next on my list!
What rooms have you been making progress on lately? Any other expectant moms having some crazy nesting urges lately? I feel like I can’t sit still for more than 5 minutes because I just need to get stuff done!