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Nursery: The paint job

Ok, so let’s just say I’m really really excited about the progress that’s been happening in the baby nursery. It hasn’t been without some setbacks, and it’s far from done… but seeing a little more progress each week is such a rush! Here is the nursery as it has been for the last 2 years, since we bought our home:

A sad cave-like vacancy with startling similarities to my empty womb, I’d say. In your face Endometriosis!

So I got a wild hair up my back-side, and decided to go with a deep rustic mustard yellow in the nursery. And like my good friend Angie, I’m sure you’re mumbling to yourself, “who in their right mind paints a baby girls nursery Mustard Yellow?” Well you’re going to have to trust me on this one. Cause today we’re not getting much past the mustard paint.

Instead of our traditional trip to Walmart for paint, we impulsively picked up some paint at Lowes whilst in Ames for an OB appointment. The impulsiveness carried over into the purchase of weird Olympic no-VOC paint that we bought. (MISTAKE #1) Thinking that the extra $ would be worth spending, what with me being knocked up and all, taking paint-fume precaution seemed a priority. And why not give Mother Earth a big wet one while we’re at it!

But once I started slathering this stuff on the wall (complete with my paint mask and open windows) I quickly learned that, not only was it a weird stringy texture, and pretty darn fumey… it had terrible coverage. (though I was still loving the yellow… so there!)

I took lots of breaks.

After two coats, and a completely empty can of fancy “eco-friendly” paint, it was still very blotchy with spots of florescent periwinkle peeking through from it’s previous life. Ew.

THEN, I decided that it was ok! Because I was going to glaze the walls (queue MISTAKE #2), for an old-world sort of weathered look. Truly, I don’t know what I was thinking. It looked like Big Bird vomited on my sweet baby girls’ nursery walls.

It was at this point in the process that I literally had to set down my brush, and walk out of the room. SO distraught. I hated it. And that was when we walked our sorry selves into Walmart, bought an $11 gallon of similar-colored paint, and repainted the entire room (since the rest of the room needed another coat anyway, and because the second can of paint was not an exact match).

Nick was a dear and helped me with this last final coat after work, because I was about to throw the can of paint out the window. And my body hurt like nobody’s business.

And wouldn’t you know it, Walmart’s cheapest lowly Colorplace paint had a great consistency and great coverage. Not to mention low-odor according to my super-sniffer. And I’m not going to lie, I loved the slight difference in color better than the original!

So… the nursery is a creamy shade of honey mustard, but not without some serious blunders along the way.  That’s what I get for trying to be environmentally friendly, and having a dramatic lapse in judgment when it comes to glazing.

It. Looks. Awesome.

Stay tuned for many more “chapters” of our nursery progress! You may be skeptical of the color, but hold onto your panties… This is only the beginning my friends!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08471294085709598826 Dutchie

    Great choice of color!! not your typical nursery, thats for sure :o)

    Did you get the dutchboy paint? My sister in law swears by it.. We just painted our fam room and i feel so ripped off buying the CHEAP version of the Lowes Valspar paint for $26!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08471294085709598826 Dutchie

    Great choice of color!! not your typical nursery, thats for sure :o)

    Did you get the dutchboy paint? My sister in law swears by it.. We just painted our fam room and i feel so ripped off buying the CHEAP version of the Lowes Valspar paint for $26!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10126770663361207060 Sommer

    LOL so happy to hear I’m not the only one who had horrific lapses in judgement during pregnancy! I’m not sold on the yellow but I am definitely interested in seeing what the rest of your plans entail with it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10126770663361207060 Sommer

    LOL so happy to hear I’m not the only one who had horrific lapses in judgement during pregnancy! I’m not sold on the yellow but I am definitely interested in seeing what the rest of your plans entail with it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15504530321448623621 Angie

    I am already won over :) It’s perfect for that room!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15504530321448623621 Angie

    I am already won over :) It’s perfect for that room!

  • Anonymous

    you have such great sense of humor, good luck with everything:-)

  • Anonymous

    you have such great sense of humor, good luck with everything:-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17088453017582485119 MrsTerri

    I LoVE the yellow. And I love your humor. AND I love cheap paint. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Just take it easy!

  • Anonymous

    love the color…and love the white trim! can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Anonymous

    love the color…and love the white trim! can’t wait to see the rest.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09431971958749953197 Tammy @ Type A

    i’m a yellow lover, so i can’t wait to see what else you do. i for on am glad you didn’t choose pink!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09431971958749953197 Tammy @ Type A

    i’m a yellow lover, so i can’t wait to see what else you do. i for on am glad you didn’t choose pink!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11327678426224831263 Christie: A Rambling Ophelia

    LOVE this!! LOVE this!! Can I ask what the name of the paint color you used was? Its perfect!! Ive never bought WalMart paint before!! I had no idea it was good….

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05865636505385830199 Beth @ Sawdust and Embryos

      The brand is Better Homes and Gardens, and the color is Tan Almond.

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