DIY: Paint The Town (Nursery) Purple

Since I haven’t had time to do car things, I’ll post house things! I had the day off today to just try and get some time away from work – it’s been hectic lately and my mind just needed some R&R. I needed to do something other than deal with problems all day and just do something relaxing. “Relaxing” in my world doesn’t mean laying in bed all day – I can’t stand that… Instead, I got to work on the nursery now that we know the gender and spend some quality time in the garage afterward.

Diana and I have been discussing what we wanted to do with the nursery for a while now – we just had to wait until we knew if it was a boy or girl so we could get get the colors. You see, Diana and I are a strangely effective team… Diana just throws out random ideas and I bring them to life. She doesn’t really lift a finger most of the time, but she is a tough critic. A lot of the time, my vision of her ideas work and all is well – I haven’t really come across a time where it hasn’t (lucky me). Until that day comes, we will continue being that strangely effective team where she blurts out ideas and I continue being the laborer without pay. I guess it all works out in the end – the day it doesn’t is the day I stop LOL.

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Here’s how the nursery sat for a few months. We bought all the furniture – more of which you cannot see to the right of me – and we just had it there so we wouldn’t have to worry about the expense later.

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Diana wanted a feature wall and we bounced many ideas back and forth. She knew she wanted purple, but we didn’t really finalize on anything until a few weeks ago… So I went to town. I taped off the surrounding area to get started on the edges…

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I can’t remember what the paint color was called but it’s similar to a very faint lilac purple.

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Edges first! Pro tip: Do the edges first so when you use your roller, you can roll over the brush marks and it looks more seamless.

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This was the first coat. It went on light and as it dried, it got darker. Pretty nice…

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While I was waiting for the paint to dry, I decided to run to Home Depot to pick up a Cedar board and start another project.

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I painted it with a kimono purple – another color we picked up for the walls.

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Here is where my creativity blossomed LOL. Diana wanted polka dots on the wall – and I was free to do whatever I wanted with them. The first problem was how to get perfect circles without using freehand brush.

So, I found my zipties, a Stella Artois glass holder, and an old shirt.

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A few minutes later I come up with this. A cheap and somewhat-effective stamp tool.

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Here’s what the first few circles looked like in the pure kimono purple. The problem with my stamp tool is that it wasn’t doing exactly what I was hoping it would do. Turns out when you go to stamp it, you just get a runny, uneven mess.

As a result, I ended up just stamping the outline and coloring in each circle one by one with a small brush and then running the brush along the other edge of the circle to keep them sharp. I am willing to bet anyone $100 I can now draw perfect circles after this project…

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I decided that I wanted to ombre the shit out of this wall. I know this term because it’s the latest fad for girls to do to their hair in every color imaginable. It’s a fancy word for fading the color – girls just wanted a prettier term I guess.

Anyway, as I made my way down the wall, I just added more and more white to lighten it. I also wanted the polka dots to look like they were raining. I didn’t want the uniformity of perfectly placed dots. Too cliche. LOL

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Anyway, I didn’t take many pictures in between it all because I was on a roll. This was the finished result!

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Here it is without the tape and a bit better lighting. Beautiful.

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After I finished that, I went on to complete the second project. A growth board for baby A. Thought it would be a nice addition to the room… People end up spending $60+ for this. I spent $4.20. SUCK IT

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And it’s all completed! I still have to mount the growth board on the wall but this is how it sits for now. Still lots to go but it’s getting there!

It’s A Girl!

Well, the day of our gender reveal party has come and gone… Like most exciting things, you prepare for days and it’s over in hours (but actually seems like minutes). We had originally found out on Wednesday since that was Diana’s 18 week ultrasound – usually the most anticipated visit because you usually get to find out the gender if the baby is cooperating that day. Luckily for us we got a pretty good look and was pretty much confirmed. This was a much easier secret to keep compared to the actual pregnancy itself – there was more fun in having people guess and make bets in what they thought it was.

I wanted to take a few pictures of the day whenever I wasn’t busy running around or doing something else… We kept this get-together fairly small – thank you to everyone that was able to come and join us. It was awesome having everyone as anxious and excited to find out as we were for you to find out!

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A few of the decorations we put up during the week to go with the gender reveal party theme…

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Diana and I went out to get some big drink dispensers to put some cool drinks in them for the party.

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I made up a poster board for people to put their names on what they thought it was going to be.

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The ties and ribbons that Diana cut out for the names.

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Another shot of the decorations around the house. Lots of work for this little one!

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Pom poms that are actually a PITA to make. I take no credit for these though – I don’t think I have the patience like Diana…

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The one time a year we get flowers…

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Thank you to Vicki at Pretty Sweet Co for the awesome gender reveal cupcakes. She made them with cool blue and pink pastel icing and the pink colored cream filling for the big reveal!

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Some treats Diana put together as small prizes. Her favourite bon bon candies in some baby bottles and little prize bags.

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The pink lemonade and blue raspberry drinks. Team pink and team blue.

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Yum x2

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So this part gets going pretty quick. Everyone was super anxious to bite into the cupcakes and I didn’t have a lot of time to snap photos of before and after. I liked this photo though – everyone is just biting into them and no one knows yet…

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And in a split second, everyone finds out! This picture is particularly funny because Punit has been saying it’s a girl since we announced we were pregnant. Everyone else was betting it was a boy… It was at this moment that Punit realized once again that he still hasn’t lost a bet… Don’t bet with him.

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And celebrations continue.

A quick clip from Nat’s snapchat.

And another from Punit. All you can hear in his voice is triumph. LOL

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All smiles here

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The only group shot I was able to get. It was hard to gather everyone up to grab group photos today.

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Diana opened up some of the gifts we got! A cool little picture frame for first prints from Nadia and Ramsha.

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Some cool little accessories for baby A.

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Teething toy

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A bunch of cool “My First…” bibs from Nadia and Ramsha.

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Two sets of “I love Mommy” onsies… Where was the “I love Daddy” ones?! Just kidding. These were also from Nadia and Ramsha.

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Some hilarious kids books that can almost be too inappropriate from none other than Barbi and Chloe.

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A cool mommy care kit from Rossella and Peter.

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Cool fluffy bunny paired with a nice book from Lulu.

Sorry – I didn’t get pictures of each present – but have no fear! We saw them all and loved them all! Thank you again to everyone for the kind gifts!

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Cutie Emily who was a star at the party today.

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Looks like she loves the camera.

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Emily crawling around. She was a trooper today because she didn’t have her nap and stayed strong all afternoon for everyone to play with.

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Last pic! Too cute!

Thanks again to everyone that came out and shared this awesome day with us! Time is going by quick!