17 February 2011

The Attic Stairs

This is perhaps the most daunting project on my list (and the one I think I'm tackling first)...

The picture hides how awful this stairway is- believe me. It's a mess of cracking plaster, painted/peeling wallpaper from the 30's, and insanely worn stairs covered in tape/goo/and metal nail heads. A hatch door at the top opens to the attic, and this joyful little space is separated from the nursery by a single bi-fold door.

While it's by no means an immediate concern, I know that eventually a child will want to play in this stairwell- line up their toys & stuffed animals, play house. I know that because there was a door to the attic in my room as a little girl. Unbeknownst to my parents, I went in the attic all. the. time. There wasn't even anything cool in there; I just went because I could. I'm betting my own kiddos will do the same, hence my desire to tidy the space up. Here's what I've got to look forward to...
  • Strip wallpaper
  • Sand & smooth patched walls
  • Prime plaster
  • Paint or wallpaper
  • Repaint handrail
  • Replace light switch
  • Refinish stairs -or- add a runner
Sounds like fun...

12 February 2011

Nursery Ceiling

The ceiling fan is finally up!

I painted the stripes a few weekends ago, and it only took about 24 hours to do. The room is tiny, so it went quickly, but you can bet my back and neck were killing me! Taping stripes that look parallel in an old house is never easy, but I'm quite pleased with the results. The yellow is 'yellow gold' from Behr in flat enamel. The new fan is Monte Carlo's Lunar II, but we're still waiting on getting the remote for it. Once we get that, you can bet those pull chains will vanish!

I'm particularly smitten with how the stripes look with the stained glass! No regrets here! :D

02 February 2011

Nursery Plan!

So here it is- my plan for the nursery! Here's a rundown of the basics...
  • Dark wood floors (already done)
  • Yellow striped ceiling (already done! photos soon!)
  • Monte Carlo Lunar II fan (on its way- more on that later)
  • Stained Glass Window (original to the house)
  • Wool Crewel Monsoon Leaf Rug (Anthropologie, already own)
  • Greige Eames Rocker (already own)
  • Vintage Rocking Horse (heirloom from my childhood)
  • Ikea Pax Tonnes (Ikea, gift from my parents several months ago)
  • Wool Felted Ball Mobile (PukaPuka)
  • Art Prints (Blanca Gomez)
  • BAM Crib/Bassinet System (Argington)
Of course there will be a ton of other little details (I already have the Offi Dachshund Lamp in there) , but this is my starting point. The room is tiny. Later on, I'll share the exact size & floorplan. I have 2 other rockers that I can switch out if need be, and the Pax comes stocked with plenty of drawers/shelves/racks- even a solid wood, ridged shelf we can use as a changing table! The BAM system from Argington is gorgeous too- I only pictured the bassinet here for ease of composition, but the crib itself is stunning. Hopefully I'll be sharing more in the next couple weeks!

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