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May 11, 2011

Remodeling Lessons: Spiders are not Hors D'ourvres

In spite of the spiders and all manner of science fiction movie creatures currently inhabiting the lower level of our house, plans to move downstairs are barreling forward like a freight train. And though my inner arachnophobe would love to continue pushing the moving date off until spiders are declared an extinct species and celebration erupts in the streets, the calendar has been marked and I'm arming myself with enough Raid to be put on the no-fly list.

Before we could drag all of our bedding and accessories down the hall and toss them over our entryway railing, I insisted on completing a few projects. My elaborate list included items such as painting the kids' rooms, ripping the rancid tile from our bathroom walls, and selling the piles of junk that really should've landed us on an episode of Hoarders.

But those projects are actually complete. And though we have a few more odds and ends to tie up before the big moving date, I wanted to give you all a sneak peek of where we're at with the kids' rooms!

Peanut's Room, In Process

In Peanut's room, we're going with a vintage theme, complete with the minty-colored walls and old-style crib. While Nathaniel is still convinced that the crib is merely on loan to the baby (pending his approval, of course), Jonathan and I are banking on the fact that he'll change his mind once he catches a glimpse of his finished big boy room.

Bean Bag Room

It only took six sample cans of paint and a small mountain of gift cards before I was able to choose the right color for Nathaniel's room. With each sample, I was convinced that THE NEXT ONE WOULD BE RIGHT and my husband's eye roll became just a little more exaggerated. By the final sample, I had to pop his eyeballs back into their sockets before agreeing to buy a full gallon of paint for the room.

Fortunately for our bank account and Jonathan's sanity, the seventh color was the charm, a bright green that matches the toddler's plaid bedding perfectly. While that spicy green color is now adorning his walls, I've been busy scouring Craigslist for the perfect room accents in bright reds, yellows, and blues.

So as we're madly installing another baby gate and trying to teach the toddler that spiders aren't actually the hors d'ourvres to his bottle, stay tuned. Moving day is less than two weeks away, which should give me just enough time to order another pallet of Raid before I have to do battle with the spiders.


  1. LOVE the minty green for the new baby's room!

  2. Love the color of Nathaniel's room! He looks like such a big boy sitting there! Aww! They are just growing up too fast! ; ) Good work, Mama!

  3. Thanks! I adore the colors of both kids' rooms. It's so fun to see them beginning to come together now, especially because we've never really used those rooms before!

  4. Oh my goodness, when did Nathaniel turn into such a little boy?? That's an absolutely adorable picture of him.

    ps love the green. so worth the extra work. : )

  5. Thanks Cindy! It's hard to believe he's getting so big. And I LOVE the green color we ended up with. Definitely worth all those samples!

  6. Those wall colors are AMAZING! Love them both!