Slow and steady wins the race. Nothing moves fast at the Barton house.
Take the nursery for example. Our daughter is 10 months old. The nursery is almost done.
Hear me out. The nursery was/is a MAJOR overhaul and last year saw the major overhaul of our bathroom. And let’s be honest, it is totally acceptable to sacrifice a nursery for a gorgeous tile shower and kick ass bathroom. Our daughter doesn’t know the difference and we can finally shower in luxury!
So, here’s the nursery about a month ago. In typical Mike fashion he failed to take a true before picture. Rats!
Let me tell you what it looked like before. It had at least three layers of wallpaper over plaster and lath walls and bright blue (think BFI blue) carpet. Mike ripped up the carpet to discover two layers of linoleum on top of the original hardwood floors.
With the help of his cousin he totally gutted the room. Then he redid all the electric, insulated, and put up drywall. He installed two new windows (They actually keep out wind!) and added gorgeous oak trim and window ledges. He put up a new oak door and stained the door, the trim, and all the window trim. He removed that blasted white paint from the chimney cupboard and then sanded it and stained it. And he redid the brick face.
He primed all the walls and ripped up the linoleum. Early on he discovered a hole cut out of the original floor and we were really scared we’d find more. We always think the worst. So far we’ve usually been right to do that. Not this time! Thankfully it’s just that one hole and while it’s certainly a pain in the butt it’s not as big of a pain in the butt as we originally assumed.
Here’s the room now. Woohoo!
We need to pick out paint but I’m 90% sure we’ll stick to our intended “Life Aquatic” theme and go with a light blue with the possibility of a darker blue (or maybe yellow) stripe.
Once we paint (We. like I’m doing any of this work. Ha!) then it’s time to patch that hole in the floor and sand and stain.
By the time baby girl is 1 she will have her own, totally kick ass room built from nearly the ground up by the man who loves her more than life itself. She is a lucky girl (just like me).