Nursery Decor

I've spent a lot of time thinking about the kinds of things I want to use to decorate Matthew's room. I have a few ideas (see this post for one idea), but I've had a hard time imagining what I want the room to look like because we haven't been able to actually start working on the room yet. Plus, I want to keep everything on the inexpensive side (because who doesn't like to save money?).

I want the general look to coordinate with the bedding we chose:

Sumersault Pop Dot crib bedding set

So, we're painting the walls this color...

Vanilla Brandy

with accents of this color...


We've removed the closet door and we're going to paint the interior of the closet this color...

Lettuce Alone

I played around with the idea of painting brown and green circles to accent the tan walls, but it looked super time-intensive with lots of room for error. Since I didn't want to make Cole's life unnecessarily hard, I decided to go with another idea I thought was cute:

Picture and idea courtesy of this website

Our stripe will be brown and the circles will be tan and green, but this gives the general idea of what I want to do on the wall over the crib.

As I've perused the internets I've also become enamored of subway art. I tried to find a free (or dirt cheap) printable that I could use for a wall decoration, but nothing was clicking for me. Then, I found a tutorial for making subway art using Picnik, a free photo editing website (which, unfortunately, is closing April 19). I've used Picnik before, so I thought I'd give it a try. This was my finished product:

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Now all I have to do is get an 8x10 print made and buy an inexpensive frame.

I'm really hoping to get all of my decoration ideas firmed up in the next week or so. My brother's fiance is currently living with us, and after they get married in two weeks we'll have approximately two weeks to get everything put together before the little mister makes his appearance.


Kitchen Makeover

So because Jessica is close to the end of her pregnancy she will most likely be taking a break from blogging. But, I have agreed to help out and keep up the blog. I promise, no boring posts about jobs or rants about family members, and no I will not be blogging about breast feeding or pregnancy. No, I have a couple in mind starting with this one on our kitchen remodel plus I will blog about Jessica's brothers wedding in 3 weeks and then, baby Matthew's arrival shortly after that. We also have my birthday and Jessica's, so that should keep us busy and updated. Jessica might want to throw a couple in as we go along.

So Jessica and I (mostly I) decided when we moved into this house that we wanted to remodel and make it better than it was.

This is our kitchen around the time we moved in. We didn't have a problem with the small size, but the cupboards and our awesome oven look like the 1950's. Funny cause that is exactly what they are from. Original cupboards and oven! It grew on us a little, but one day we thought of painting the cupboards. So we did.

It was a refreshing change to the kitchen, but white cabinets with two kids, not so good. They always looked dirty and the painting job was kind of bad. But it grew on us and we made plans to replace the hardware. After a couple of months the stove gave out on us, more likely it started on fire!

So we replaced the oven with a sweet new good looking one. Then a month ago I painted one cabinet black and we arrived at the descision to go black. Here is the final product after two weeks of the kitchen being in pieces.

Yeah, I think Jessica was pretty happy with the finished project. Check out the awesome oven! We replaced the handles and the hinges and have a sleek new looking kitchen for less than a $100! Here is the original, after and finished project.

Which one do you like the most? (Take the survey to the right)
Next remodel project is touching up the paint and a nursery remodel for Matthew!


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