Baby Steps

We had a fairly full social calendar for a working weekend at home, so it may seem like we didn’t accomplish much this weekend, but a little progress is better than no progress! We utilized Saturday morning to pick up some supplies at Lowe’s and Ikea. David finished off the baseboard trim of the wall patch, and used wood filler to patch holes in the headboard and a select portion of our baseboards. I cleaned, laundered, and together we kept Estelle safe from harm. Sunday brought an early morning car share reservation to cheer on Dave’s mom in the SheRox Triathalon. Yes, she’s one amazing Grannie Annie (pictured here, in between her triathlete buddies)!

It was hot, and horribly humid on Sunday. I was worn out just watching these gals. We ate a lot when everyone was done, so we all sat comatose for a couple hours. Anyways, we didn’t really get a chance to tackle our room until the late afternoon, but look what we did! We purchased a new FJELLSE pine bed, from Ikea. Then, David sawed off the headboard, we ditched the old Ikea Malm bed, put the new bed together, and reused our old slats (saving us $50).





Just a subtle change for now, but eventually (next weekend) the bed and head board will all be white. While we were assembling the bed, Estelle was “helping” by hoarding the instructions. She was looking them over, and noticed that the instruction illustrations were missing a kid. Noted, but I’m quite sure Ikea would be held liable if their instructions included children. Toe amputations, screw swallowing…those are just two possible scenarios that come to mind.

Look, no kids!


But wait! That wasn’t all that we accomplished this weekend. I nearly forgot about the custom blocks David decorated with gold alphabet stencils. I call it industrial glam.




We’re really hopeful that next weekend will be very productive. We haven’t purchased our Palladian Blue paint yet. We’re going to do the white half of the wall first to see if we like the faux wainscoting look, so we know if we need one or more gallons of color. Here is an updated to-do list copied from last week’s post.

  • Fill screw holes and sand the headboard
  • Install baseboard at wall patch area, install quarter round throughout the room
  • PAINT – headboard will be white, walls will be white and Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue (top swatch), trim will be white
  • Find an attractive extension cord/power strip for our lamp, it will be hidden behind the headboard
  • Buy the FJELLSE pine bed from Ikea, chop off the head board, sand, paint it white
  • Buy plastic bins for headboard storage
  • Move the two file cabinets down to the basement
  • New window treatments, probably some inconspicuous white cellular shades
  • Rework existing wall art and restyle the headboard contents
  • Maybe a new duvet cover, and dye existing off-white duvet covers and blankets

Is anyone else looking forward to fall? We most definitely are. This humidity is challenging…I say this as my arms stick to the desk.

Stay cool, and have a great week. Hopefully, I will be inspired by something fun this week to report back to you!




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