Monday, March 23, 2015

The Nursery: Star Decal Ceiling Install

We had originally seen this popular image on Pinterest & really liked the look of the star wall decals.  Instead of using them on the walls however, we planned on placing the decals on the ceiling.

After some research, we figured out that the decals from the inspiration image were from Urban Walls.  We were about to order a set, when we realized that shipping might take longer than our timeline allotted (as it's a Canadian based company).

So, we decided to see if we could find a comparable option from a local company & Mel happened to find Dana Decals through Etsy.  The shop even offered 4 different star options - one of which was the "compass star or compass rose" (option #3), which actually fit right in with our travel/nautical vibe.  Even better, they offered a "half order" for only $18 which included 64 stars - more than enough for the size of our ceiling.  So we ended up ordering star style #3 in warm gray:

The most difficult part was deciding on how to lay the pattern out on the ceiling.  We wanted staggered rows, but weren't sure how to space them.  After a few trial runs, we realized we preferred to have an even outline around the edges of the ceiling, which would mean the spacing between stars would be larger along the shorter wall, with smaller space spacing between stars on the long wall (since our room was not square).

This is the plan we eventually settled on - 4 rows of 9 stars across the long wall & 3 rows of 8 stars staggered in between (with an equal border along the edges of the ceiling):

Once we had our design, we cut out the decals from the main sheet & taped a few rows up first to make sure we liked the layout before adhering them onto the ceiling:

We used a laser level to keep all the rows in a straight line (it's on the ground pointing up towards the ceiling):









The decals went on very easily & actually look like they were stenciled onto the ceiling.  Big impact for around $20!

We also just finished installing some custom DIY shelves, which combine 100 year old barn wood & some inexpensive IKEA brackets - more on that soon!

Mel & Nader
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Monday, March 9, 2015

The Nursery: Paint Colors

In out last nursery post we outlined our board & batten wall install - now it's on to paint!

Can you believe that we have never painted swatches on the wall when choosing paint colors?  So far, we have been pretty lucky that our choices worked out.  However, we decided to get some samples up on the walls before we made our decision this time around since we will be using 2 different colors in the nursery.

We decided to try (A)Cool Metalwork Grey & (B)Granite Grey by Glidden for the board & batten wall color.  For the rest of room, we tried out (C)Pebble Grey &(D)Sutton Place Grey by Glidden:

After we painted the swatches on the wall, we found ourselves more indecisive than ever.  After about a week, we finally decided to just pick some colors & go with it.  We ended up choosing (A)Cool Metalwork Grey in an eggshell finish for the board & batten wall and (D)Sutton Place Grey in a flat finish for the rest of the room.

We went with the Glidden Premium Paints since they are a paint + primer in one, low odor, & no-VOC.

We started by painting the closet & 3 walls - Mel cutting in (except the baseboards, which were too awkward to paint with a pregnant belly) & Nader rolling.  It's our tried & true painting system:


The next day, Mel tackled the board & batten wall.  First, she cut in with a brush -
painting 3 coats before moving on to the rolling:

Once the cutting in was done, Mel used a 6" foam roller to paint the inside of all the squares (3 coats):


We were really happy with the paint colors once all was said & done....and even more happy to be done painting ;)

Mel & Nader