Monday, February 27, 2012

Weekend Update: Best Laid Plans

Unfortunately, we didn't make as much progress as I had hoped this weekend.  I took a fall on the tile while holding Sully and hurt my knee, so an ice pack took the priority for most of Sunday. 

Tragic injury aside, we did make some progress on our checklist.  The dresser is in but is missing a part (the center support for the bottom).  I haven't filled the drawers yet since we'll have to turn the dresser on it's side to attach the feet and missing center piece.  So, it's about 3 inches lower than it will be once it's fully assembled, but it's going to be great for the boys!






We also got the doors off the closet, so here's what the whole thing looks like..

The tub storage works perfectly with the color scheme in the room but we've found it to be a catch all for all things random.  I think having assigned bins that are labeled will keep that area better organized and actually working for us.  I plan to put all the diaper/changing supplies (currently on the top shelf and on top of the plastic drawers) in there since we lost the changing table.  We'll also keep off-season shoes and accessories in the other bins. 

The boys received really nice hangers in blue and green over Christmas, so we'll be switching Sully's clothes to the blue hangers and Jack's to the green, with outwear on the white. 


I can not tell you how happy I am to be able to see the entire closet at once and not have to open one door to see half, then close it to see the other half...and have the space in the middle that I could never really see well at all.  I think I actually said, "Ahhhh" out loud - which is exactly how it felt.  Wide open and unrestricted. 

I have one curtain panel to hang that will be moved to one side when we need to access the closet, and completely cover the opening so that we can conceal everything....and still be easy on the eyes. 

We plan to tackle what we can tonight, so stay tuned!
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekend Docket: Shared Boys' Room, phase 1

When we moved into this house I was a huge 8 months pregnant with our youngest Jack.  His big bro Sully is just 15 months older and they now share a room.  The kids' rooms were the first (and only) rooms we painted before moving in our furniture...and I'm so glad we did!  However, the boys' room is absolutely still a work in progress.

I didn't want to go with a theme that was too specific or that they would soon outgrow.  I found this Junior Varsity sports bedding on sale at Pottery Barn Kids awhile back and loved the classic feel. 



Some of the squares on the quilt have a rugby vibe to them and that set the tone for the room.  I had visions of old school leather football helmets, faded balls and vibrant accents to keep the room fun for two young boys.

We started with stripes on the walls in a medium brown and creamy white to set off the espresso furniture we already had in the room. I didn't want to hang many accessories until we decided on a furniture placement that would work when the boys were out of cribs and their nursery furniture...and they are well on their way!

We sold the upholstered rocking chair that we used for stories and feeding - Jack no longer takes a bottle and we do our bedtime stories on the couch as a family.   

We also sold the dresser/changing table combo the boys used to share.  Three drawers between two growing boys just wasn't cutting it!  So with two big pieces of furniture gone and in need of a new dresser/clothes solution we took another look at the layout of the room....

The older dresser/changing table was just to the right of this crib - we don't typically store our clothes in laundry baskets ;)


Then the debate began....long or tall?  One big dresser or two small ones?  How many drawers do we need and what will be big enough to grow with the boys without taking up a huge chunk of the room?  And where will we put it?

Sully will soon be moving to a twin bed, and we decided that the current placement of the cribs is actually where the two twin beds will eventually go - with the headboards flanking the window. 



That means, the new dresser (which the hubs picked up today!) will go in the same spot.  Easy enough.  The new dresser has 4 large drawers (2 for each boy) and 4 small drawers - hallelujah to a solution for keeping their socks separated!

We also have some serious issues to address in their closet...

The disastrous pile on the top shelf is a pile of accessories for the room and the huge plastic set of drawers is what we were using to organize clothes in the upcoming size and season. Good in theory but things were getting lost in the shuffle, since the drawers also housed extra clothes they currently wear. 


I would show you the other side of the closet but the door is broken.  Solution: doors are coming down so that we can access and see the whole space at once (I have a curtain to mount in it's place). And some better closet storage/organization is in the future. The big daddy of plastic drawers is going to the garage for extra garage storage.


So on the docket for this weekend:
-Bring in new dresser
-Take down closet doors and hang curtain
-Move clothes out of the large plastic drawers and into long shallow tubs that will fit under the beds
-Take inventory of accessories

Down the road:
-Wall mounted storage solution for books
-Treatment to initials that will hang over the boys' headboards
-Paint headboards/beds
-Closet organizers and storage solutions.
-Window treatment

We'll share our weekend progress next week!



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Welcome to Fresh Paint!

I’m excited to have finally jumped on the blog-train! We have a family blog to keep up on life in the Crinion household. I like to keep that blog more about faith and family, so this blog is where we’ll share the adventure of making our new, old house our home!





Our family moved to Albuquerque, NM from Las Vegas, NV four years ago. At the time, our first baby, Mia was just 4 months old. Work moved us here and we always thought it would be a temporary move....four years later we are still here and have come to love ABQ! And green chile!


But being in a temp living mode, meant a lot of renting and a lot of moving. As our family grew with our boys Sully and Jack, our needs grew too. We were always on the hunt for the right space and a great neighborhood.


We've lived in 5 houses in 4 years and still haven't found a place with soundproof walls, but we have found a perfect home for our family. It has plenty of room, a great yard for the kids, is in a central location, and best of all...it's ours! It feels fantastic to be homeowners again!


The original owners built the home the 60’s and lovingly cared for it until passing this last year. It has great bones, was well maintained…and needs a bit of a face lift. We’re talking multiple types of iridescent 80’s wallpaper scattered throughout the house, and most layered over some awesome 70’s wallpaper.

I have a dream to-do list for every space in this house and each room is currently in a different stage of “doneness”. We've lived here for a year now, and have discovered that in many cases the way we first arranged things is not the most efficient or best use of our space. Trial and error is getting us to 'just right'!

We're not afraid to attempt a new DIY project, and I love to organize and pretty up a space. I’m relying on a used sewing machine that was given to me (which I’m still figuring out how to use), and some creativity in working with a limited budget. We’ll take you with us as we give our house a good coat of fresh paint and turn it into home!

If you’re intentionally following, I’m thrilled you’re here. If you accidentally stumbled here, I hope it was a pleasant surprise. Either way, thanks for reading! Please feel free to share your feedback and comments, and stop back in anytime!





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