Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Big Girl

Steve and I painted the walls in Olivia's new room after I finally decided to put the color on the walls and paint all her furniture antique white.  As much as I loved the old green dresser, I like it even more now.


And I love how the light paint brings out the detailing in her headboard as well.


Furniture?  Check.  Mattress?  Check.  We've been letting Olivia peek in at her room as it progresses, and she was excited, wanting to show everyone who came to the house.  She helped me make the bed, and we sat on it a little and talked about it.  I love that Olivia is a good sleeper and has only climbed out of her crib twice, but I was still ready to move the crib to Olivia's new room and use a bassinett for the baby.  Except the crib doesn't fit through the doorway and so presented a logistical challenge.  Steve was in England last week, so I used that as a procrastination tactic despite the looming deadline since I've heard horror stories about kids adjusting to the Big Kid Bed.  I was expecting her to play and talk really late at night and wander around and get up super early in the morning, which made me want to keep her in the crib as long as possible.  Finally over the weekend we decided to just try it to see how it goes.  In a word: anticlimactic.  Olivia sleeps the same amount in the big girl bed, even at naptime (which shocks me).  She's under strict orders not to get out of bed by herself, and she has a magazine on her bedside table to read when she wakes up.  I fully expect this to change because it seems too good to be true, but we're enjoying it for now!  

6 comments:

Elizabeth @ Virginia Is For Mothers said...

I love the wall color!

Putting Ethan in a big boy bed was anticlimactic as well. He had never tried to get out of the crib and he stayed in the toddler bed just like we told him too. We put books by the bedside as well. Now, Noah, on the other hand, is going to be in a crib until he's 10. He is a wild sleeper and also, um, not that compliant. I'm hoping he becomes more compliant with a little maturity because I do not want to spend nights fighting that battle.

running shoes said...

I LOVE the antique white!!!

Wait, compliant child...what's that?

Lori Anderson, Pretty Things said...

I love it~! I need to get Zack a new bed (he has a race car bed now and is interested in the idea of a loft).

butterfingersforbreakfast said...

love it anne! looks like yours came out well. I've painted some furniture before but it didn't look as good. I will have to get some tips from you :) oh yeah, and does the head board have rails? how have you attached it? silly questions, and now that you've just had your little guy, i assume you won't be answering them for about six months! haha. Good luck and congratulations :) We'll talk painting later!

Anne said...

Hi, Brooke!

The headboard was from the thrift store and didn't have rails or a footboard, so we just attached it to a generic metal bed frame with bolts.

What was it that didn't look good when you painted furniture? These pieces took two coats of primer and two coats of paint to cover dark with light paint, and even then I see some spots that aren't quite right. I'm thinking of coating the dresser top with polyurethane or probably a piece of glass cut to size because everything is sticking to the semigloss paint and leaving marks because it's light paint, of course. Argh!

Anne said...

Hi, Brooke!

The headboard was from the thrift store and didn't have rails or a footboard, so we just attached it to a generic metal bed frame with bolts.

What was it that didn't look good when you painted furniture? These pieces took two coats of primer and two coats of paint to cover dark with light paint, and even then I see some spots that aren't quite right. I'm thinking of coating the dresser top with polyurethane or probably a piece of glass cut to size because everything is sticking to the semigloss paint and leaving marks because it's light paint, of course. Argh!