Shades of Grey

Monday, March 16, 2015
And by shades of grey I am referring to paint colors, not a controversial book.

We are still working on scrubbing the residual paint out from under our finger nails from the weekend's adventures. We spent nearly all of our weekend getting started on Perry's big boy bedroom. Transformation from guest room to toddler room technically started a long time ago with the addition of some awesome built in bookshelves and window seat for our little guy.

We have no specific plans of him moving into his new room and evacuating his crib anytime real soon. I am in no hurry to give him the freedom to get out of bed himself. But we are enjoying the process of putting the room together and having it ready for him when he is ready to move. It is a luxury afforded by having him actually moving to a different room in the house.

Perry's new room is going to be circus themed. The inspiration and anchor point is this awesome canvas painting of Dumbo we spotted and fell in love with on our Disney cruise last fall. It is ultimately going to hang right above his bed.

The goal was to get the walls painted this weekend. I picked out some really cute bright colored bedding and wanted to have fun with artwork so didn't want the walls to be too obnoxious or over the top. So we went with a neutral grey with a grey on grey vertical striped accent wall. We thought the subtle vertical stripes would pay a little homage to the circus tent look.

Step one was to get the room all taped off. Always seems like taping takes nearly as much time as actually painting. We painted the adjoining bathroom too while we were at it, so there were lots of little nooks and crannies to tape around.

Travis came over Saturday morning to help us paint. It's amazing how quickly painting goes with lots of hands. The walls were painted a really really light grey (Sherwin Williams 7666 - Fleur De Sel). The three of us got the bedroom and bathroom painted (with two coats) in under 3 hours I think. Shout out to Granna and Granddaddy who hung out with P for the morning so we could have some focused child-free paint time.

We also were able to put together P's bed once we got the room mostly painted. Andrew's grandfather (Perry's great grandfather) made this bed. It was actually bunk beds originally (Ben has the other one). I love that he will be sleeping in a bed built by his great granddad. 

As soon as the bed was put together I couldn't wait to get the bedding on. The bedding has been sitting there just begging to be made for months now. There is a long story associated with this bedding which involves falling in love with a product on Pinterest that is from the UK and cannot be bought in or shipped to the USA. Not to be defeated I found a way around that little issue and had a friend in the UK buy it and mail it to me (thanks Clare!). 

Totally worth the frustration though because it is perfect. In case you think it is perfect too and want to have an English friend buy it for you, it is from Joules.  :)

Perry loved his new bed. He climbed right in and made himself right at home. And then promptly went to his crib to sleep.

The walls weren't done yet. We still had to stripe. So here's were things too a not so easy turn. What should have been simple to tape with a laser level was not so much. Maybe the walls are crooked or maybe the laser level was having issues, but what it said was a straight line was definitely not a straight line. So we had to spend way too long taping and re-taping the stripes. Once we could actually start painting it went really fast.

For the stripes we decided to use the next shade darker on the paint chip (Sherwin Williams 7667 - Zircon) in a semi-gloss. I am really happy with the contrast of a slightly darker color and a different finish. Especially with such a neutral color like grey.

And here is our finished product. Our two shades of grey. Again, totally worth the headache and frustration. And we have said that Perry better like those stripes because they are staying there for a while.

The room still has quite a ways to go, but I am excited about how far we got this weekend!

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