The baby’s nursery has caused some gray hairs over the past week. Just some of the details this little room has created so far – and this is just to get the ceiling scraped and the walls painted!

  • Oh, about 10 trips to Sherwin Williams and/or Lowes
  • B getting pulled over on the way to said SW (which is maybe a quarter mile away from our house – thank you for the warning, officer!)
  • Two broken caulk guns, which created three trips to SW for returns, which may or may not have resulted in the previous bullet point.
  • Scraping an old ceiling …and we will just leave it at that because that warrants a whole other blog post that I will never ever write.
  • A ceiling that was accidentally painted with trim paint and not realized until afterwards. (I blame the bullet point above.)
  • A paint gun that malfunctioned due to this mishap.
  • A giant face palm due to this mishap, too.
  • Fresh coats of paint on the wall with a color we loved …and then hated.
  • (This is all Brandon’s list, by the way. Sorry, honey. I am very thankful I can’t be around chemicals right now, though we did get VOC free!)

But after all of his hard work in getting the room looking pretty awesome + installing the chandelier we got for the baby, Brandon let me know that he thinks we chose the wrong room for the nursery. Um, what?

I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly. Never in a million years would I have brought that up on my own (or at least not so soon after his battle with the list above), but when the words came out of his mouth, it all made sense to me, too. We would rather the nursery be where the current guest room is. The room we weren’t planning on painting anytime soon. The only room in the house where I liked the walls! So even though we now have what we thought to be a completed nursery (except for the decor part), we are starting over at square one. 

The guest room has more windows, a better closet, and all in all is a better looking room in the house. For those reasons, I wanted our guests to have it, but since guests come and go, it only makes sense for us to give our own child the better room. Plus, it’s less steps from our bedroom.

So, here’s the story in pictures. This is what was to be his nursery. This picture was taken after everything was just piled in there after moving. The walls were this color when we moved in and we knew they would be changing. It’s a pretty color, though, and I just found out the name – Sherwin Williams Gray Screen, for those of you who have asked!

We took everything out and were left with the bare bones. This is before taking down the popcorn ceiling, the fan, and changing the paint color.

We moved all the things out of that room and into the guest room – and although you would never be able to tell from this photo below due to all the extra stuff in there, but this room was actually looking good! We were sans our curtain drapes and rods, but otherwise it was the very least of our worries in the house. I liked the color in here and was planning on leaving it (also SW Gray Screen).

Back to the baby’s room. We decided to paint it with Sherwin Williams Zurich White, which you may recall was the paint we used in the master bedroom in our old house. A little flashback to that room for reference. There, it was the perfect barely there, almost white grey. It was a breath of fresh air to me – so clean and airy. Not too warm, not too cool. (“All you need is a light jacket” – name that movie.)

So after loving it so much in the last house, we didn’t even need to swatch it in this one – we knew we liked it. But after putting it on the walls, I was instantly reminded how paint changes colors based on where you put it. You ALWAYS sample the paint. Here in the nursery, it reads peachy-beige.

We sat on it for a day to observe the color with natural light and put the crib and some furniture in there to see how it would look, but yeah… still beige. 

But still, a pretty beige and a huge difference from where we were before. The ceilings!!!!!!! Did you already forget how ugly they were before? Here you go.

But at the end of the day, we decided to paint over the walls. We want it to be right for our little boy, or for his mama (let’s be real). I never thought I would be 31 weeks and not have our nursery all put together. 

Then, we decided why just paint over the walls when we could just move the nursery to the guest room and re-do every single step in that room!? The nursery shouldn’t be a nursery at all. It would be a better guest room, so we moved all of the things out of the previous guest room and into this room.

I talked Brandon into leaving the walls in there Zurich White. I don’t mind it at all – it just isn’t what I wanted in the nursery. He wants to paint them, but I assured him we have bigger fish to fry …like doing the ceiling and walls of the baby’s room first. Not to mention a kitchen renovation and possibly refinishing our wood floors before the baby gets here in um, 61 days. Is that even possible?

Anyway, here is the new guest room.

I then switched up the look with different pillows and a different plant to make it more neutral for guests, which also makes the walls less peachy. I’m almost thinking yes to the coral pillows and yes to the palm, which would be a combination of the photo above and the one below. We may paint the walls eventually, but for now, they stay.

Then we went back to the drawing board and bought a few paint samples and put them on the wall in the new nursery. Let’s try this whole paint thing again. We tried out Benjamin Moore Horizon, Benjamin Moore Paper White, and Benjamin Moore White Wisp. I think Paper White might be our winner, which is what Brandon was painting in this picture.

It was a crazy way to realize we had the nursery and guest rooms mixed up, but in the end – we are really happy! Brandon is working on the nursery ceiling + walls this week, so maybe I’ll have an update for you on that by this time next week.

On another note, we scored these bar stools from the Celadon Warehouse Sale this past Saturday. We have nowhere to put them just yet because our kitchen doesn’t have a bar area, but we will after the renovation – so for now, they are just hangin’ in the living room. 



  1. February 2, 2016 / 1:10 pm

    The nursery is going to be adorable! Better to realize you want to switch the room up now instead of after everything was set up and the little babe was here! Love the beautiful bar stools!

    • February 3, 2016 / 4:20 am

      Thank you! And you're so right. Glad we realized it now… but hopefully we won't change our minds again, ha!

  2. February 2, 2016 / 1:11 pm

    I love those bar stools! I can't wait to see how the nursery turns out! and don't worry you have time! my sister did both her nurseries at 38 weeks not kidding although for her second my dad did have to come help finish since my nephew was a week early:) Love how bright and fresh your house feels!!

    • February 3, 2016 / 4:21 am

      Thanks! We didn't go to Celadon for the bar stools, but they were a great deal and I couldn't pass them up. Hearing about your sister makes me feel better! I hope we get it done before 38 weeks. Yeeeesh!

  3. February 2, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Wow, what a debacle but glad to see you guys have got it figured out and the room is going to be beautiful for baby boy! Can I ask where you got the sheepskin rug please? Looking for something similar in our nursery.

  4. February 2, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Oh man! I completely feel your pain on the popcorn ceilings. When you mentioned in a previous post you were planning on scraping them, I thought about warning you. But, ignorance is total bliss in this situation. You will be so glad in the long run they are gone. But rest assured, I understand the feeling all to well. Great job and kudos to Brandon!

    • February 3, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Haha, you could have warned us!!! Just kidding. It is so worth it, although that's probably easy for me to say since B is doing the man power. We are just taking it one room at a time, otherwise I think it would make someone go crazy to do it all at once.

  5. February 2, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Hi, my decorator recommended Snowbound by SW. Its a white but has a slight gray tint…you might try it, if you are not already sold.

  6. February 2, 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Oh goodness, what a nightmare! So glad it's coming together and will be exactly what y'all want! It looks beautiful and I know Baby S is going to love it 🙂

  7. February 2, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    Your husband sounds so sweet! What a great guy. I also LOVE those bar stools! Great find!

  8. February 21, 2016 / 12:09 am

    I know some reno/update pains because my husband is a contractor and he is always doing stuff in our house…we just got done with a whole new fireplace surround/built-ins and wainscot on the screened porch to name a couple! I LOVE that crib…so classy…and it will all come together beautifully. Love those stools too – so unique!

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