Thursday, January 23, 2014

Nolan’s room

I’m excited to share this post with you because it’s something we’ve been working on since July. I loved Nolan’s room in our apartment—and when we moved to this house, his new room needed some improvement.

The previous owners left this furniture in the room. Although they are pretty pieces (especially that huge armoire), I didn’t want to keep them, so we found them a new home.
Before we moved in, Steve sanded and refinished all of the hardwood floors in the house (which is everything but the kitchen). The wood had been pretty beaten up. (The house is from 1920.)

We discovered that the wall behind the bed was plastic-y and felt hollow when you tapped it. We weren’t sure what we were going to find underneath it—what someone was maybe trying to cover up by putting up this paneling.

We were ready to get rid of the wallpaper trim as well.

In November, we moved Nolan out of the room temporarily and got started.
Yikes! We were fortunate that the wall was intact without any structural damage or holes to fix. It was a little strange though. Steve’s guess is that the brownish-reddish sections were dried glue/adhesive. You could see outlines of squares which Steve figures once held mirrors.

I called it the “Neopolitan Wall” since it was brown, white, and pink :)

The thin paneling once it was pulled off.

Then Steve went to work replastering the entire wall. He sanded it down and painted it the same shade that Nolan’s room had been before (Olympic’s “Serendipity”).
Such a great transformation! Also, remember the dumpster dresser makeover?

We slowly (and simply) decorated the room over the past couple months.

Here’s Nolan’s new big boy bed—which he loves! You can see a little bit of his crib mattress peeking out from underneath (we leave it next to his bed in case he falls out). He also has new “Cars” sheets and a Lightning McQueen pillowcase (thanks Mom!) His changing table will stay in the room until the baby comes, but he’s basically too big for it.

Steve painted this sweet little guitar a few months after Nolan was born.

I hand-wrote this print for him recently. We sing this song to him every night when he goes to sleep (Numbers 6:24-26).

He hopes you liked this little tour! 


  1. What a remarkable transformation! Yay, Steve! Thanks for the little tour!

  2. Love the hand drawn print of Numbers! Well done.

  3. What a beautiful room- I am in love with the wall color and all of the details- what a lucky little boy!

  4. Nolan's room looks great! What a transformation! And you can see on his face how much he likes it :)

  5. I love the print as well! My priest uses those verses as the closing prayer at Mass every week, so they have a special place in my heart. :) Great job on the room overall!

  6. I really love this paint color, especially with those gorgeous hardwoods. They are SO pretty. You guys did an awesome job!

  7. What a great improvement! I love the paint color, and the detail of the windows is beautiful!

    <3 Daryl

  8. SO awesome! I love the painted guitar! Nice, personal little touch! I'm so jealous about the hardwood floors, by the way!

  9. That dark wood on that color blue is perfection! Beautiful!



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