Kasen’s Room: Before, During, and After
Our adventures renovating Kasen’s room have been, well, adventures. Now that we’ve finally put pictures on the walls (and he’s been sleeping in there for a month), we thought we’d take a chance to look back upon our journey.
Way back when we were house hunting, the room was pink. Everything was pink, except for the ceiling fan which was white and gold with a porcelain heart hanging from it.
Since the room was in great shape (just too pink for our taste), we wanted to keep things simple and just replace the ceiling fan with a more modern light fixture and pick out a paint color. We expected it to be the easiest room in our house; we would just focus on a nursery theme and design elements.
Then we discovered the wallpaper. And we spent the next two months dealing with that situation. We tried natural wallpaper strippers, chemical wallpaper strippers, and chemical paint strippers before covering the whole thing up with drywall.
Finally, we were back at ground zero and able to paint again!
Of course, two steps forward, one step back — we ruined the rug when we were taking down the wallpaper. So, the next step was to peel up the rug and replace it with a new one.
And then the real fun began! Krister replaced the moldings and gutted the closet. Kristin finally got to decorate! And now the grand tour…
Kasen’s room is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Ice with decorative accents in navy, brown, and light green. The ocean theme was inspired by his nickname “seahorse.”
The ocean theme is found throughout the room – the under the sea bedding, the frog chair, the play mat featuring turtles, and the framed illustrations of fish from Krister’s childhood bedroom.
We contacted an emerging artist in Pittsburg about doing custom letters for Kasen’s wall. Etsy-based “BabytoSObig” designed the letters to match the bedding and incorporated a seahorse at our request. She used colors to complement our wall and accent colors. We couldn’t be happier with the result.
We also found a few wall decals in the ocean theme. The whale is a chalkboard!
The Reading Nook
Kristin added a reading nook in one corner. Small book shelves hang next to a gliding chair and a reading lamp.
Krister will be installing built-in toy storage on the wall next to Kasen’s bedroom door. The built-ins will contain large drawers for toy storage and will hold a television (for late night feedings) and books on top. We’ll post photos after we actually start this reno… stay tuned!