Friday, June 29, 2012

Faux Brick Wall

We've been working hard to finish up our projects in the nursery, but it seems like lately we've just been adding more things to the list. One of those projects was adding a faux brick and I'm so glad we decided to go for it, the brick makes such a difference in the room!
To simplify the installation we chose to install the brick on this wall where there aren't any windows and where the changing table will go.

Lowe's sells brick paneling in 4 x 8 sheets (similar to bead board) so we needed two to cover this wall.

We could have just put up the first one and cut the second to size, but we didn't want the seam to be completely obvious so Eric notched out the half brick all the way down and we put it up starting in the corner and securing it to the wall with a few black screws.

Then we notched out the second piece and carefully fit them together. To get everything to fit as close as possible this involved filing a few of the bricks until the puzzle pieces fit just right. The scraps we pieced together above the door and used black caulking to fill in any of the seams.

For being faux brick paneling, the wall looks great! It adds so much character and just what this room needed.

I'm glad we spent the time and energy to add this and I love how it turned out!

Baby O: 32 Weeks

Baby O
How far along? 32 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Mostly dresses, thankful it is the summer because waistbands are not comfortable!
Stretch marks? Keeping them away…
Movement: Constantly moving now that he’s getting bigger, it’s only going to get more crowded in there.
Food cravings: Milk and fruit, been buying out the farmer’s market!
Can't resist: Organizing… lots to do before this boy comes.
Gender: Boy.
Symptoms: Slight swelling in my ankles.
Belly Button in or out? Out and about!
Projects This Week: I SWEAR we are finishing the armoire this week. It’s been too windy to paint lately but I’m determined to get it done and in his room.
Looking forward to: Seeing all our maternity pictures. We had so much fun taking them last weekend and I’m in love with the couple I’ve seen already!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Baby O: 31 Weeks

Baby O

How far along? 31 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Dresses every day, nothing is more comfortable than soft cotton!
Stretch marks? Going strong without any…
Movement: He loves to stretch out and make funny bulges on the sides of my stomach and he really gets going at night when I’m trying to go to sleep!
Food cravings: Milk and pizza…. Back to the beginning!
Can't resist: Making lists….2 months left means its crunch time for our project list!
Gender: Boy.
Symptoms: After a long day walking around I’ve noticed my feet are a little puffier, but not usually hurting.
Belly Button in or out? Out and clearly visible in this week’s picture!
Projects This Week: First priority is his nursery, but the list doesn't end there!
Looking forward to: My baby shower this weekend! So blessed and can’t wait to see all our friends and family!

Friday, June 15, 2012

DIY Upholstery Expirement

Although my posts have been few and far between we've been busy working away to get the nursery ready. I've been hinting I had quite the ambitious project coming up and I was so intimidated that I kept pushing it off because I didn't think it would turn out.

Well I'm happy to report we have a great new addition to the nursery that is going to get plenty of use!

I've looked everywhere for an upholstered glider that would match the nursery. I was really hoping for something gray, navy, or red. The selection of gliders in those colors is very limited; they cost a ridiculous amount of money and nothing was quite the right size.
A few months ago my mom and I stopped by a local high school fundraiser and found this amazing glider.

It was originally from a very expensive childrens boutique, the perfect size and extremely comfortable, just not quite the right color. No problem, for $20 I figured I could easily have it recovered.
After getting several quotes, I wasn't sure if I was willing to pay the $600+ dollars it would cost to have it redone and debated about buying a new glider in a color I didn't really want.

After watching this great tutorial series from Tip Junkie I wasn't as terrified of ripping it apart and decided to give it a shot. I started by carefully disassembling the entire chair.

Until I was left with this:

Then it was time to reconstruct the chair with my favorite helper.

The toughest part was keeping everything tight and in position while it was being stapled down. With a little help from my husband and a bit of patience I am thrilled with the result!

I used the same navy blue material from Eric's baby bassinet redo. It looks great in the room and now I'm on the hunt for an ottoman.

We've made quite a bit of progress to finish up the room, but it seems like the to-do list just keeps growing!

Baby O: 30 Weeks

Baby O

How far along? 30 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Loving my dresses, with temperatures close to 100 degrees they are a must.
Stretch marks? Still holding out, hope I can make it another 10 weeks.
Movement: My stomach is constantly changing shapes, he's only 3-4 lbs now but I think he's already getting crowded.

Food cravings: Milk and baked goods, not good for the scale!
Can't resist: Starting new projects apparently, we've got a lot going on this week!
Gender: Boy.
Symptoms: Having trouble getting in and out of the car, but feeling good otherwise.
Belly Button in or out? Out and showing through most my clothes.
Projects This Week: Too many to count. Have several things going on in the nursery, bought new furniture for our room, and we decided to get new kitchen counters before he comes... yes, we're crazy!
Looking forward to: Meeting our little guy. Had an ultrasound this week and got to see his face, loving those chubby cheeks!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Baby O: 29 Weeks

Baby O

How far along? 29 Weeks
Maternity clothes? Are definitely the most comfortable. Loving that it’s summer and I can live in dresses.
Stretch marks? My skin is stretching nicely, keeping my fingers crossed.
Movement: He loves to get going at night when I get in bed, but I can tell he’s changing positions all day long.

Food cravings: Milk and fruit. I’ve been craving candy a bit more lately, but I’m trying to keep it under control.
Can't resist: Sleeping… I know I won’t have the opportunity much longer so I’ve been enjoying taking naps.
Gender: Boy.
Symptoms: Some things are getting harder to do, but I’m still very comfortable.
Belly Button in or out? Out but it changes depending on where he’s positioned in there.
Projects This Week: I’ve been saying this for a few weeks, but painting the armoire… I’m getting to work on a few things this week and am determined to finish them up.
Looking forward to: I’ve also been saying this for WEEKS… meeting Baby B, at 42 weeks tomorrow is the deadline so I should have a new update next week!