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Wesley's room 2.0

The very first room that we worked on in the new house was Wesley's room.  He did amazingly well with the transitions from St. Louis, to his temporary room at my parents' house, and finally to the new house. Even so, it was important to us to get him settled and "home" asap.

Wesley's nursery in St. Louis was one of my favorite rooms, and was one of the must difficult to leave.  It was a small room, but it worked well for our baby, and he slept in it every night starting with the first night home from the hospital.

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The above photo is from Wesley's room in St. Louis.  More info can be found here.

We had 2 rooms in the new house to consider for Wesley's room.  One was longer and more narrow, and the other one was more square in shape.  Both had 2 windows (one each a dormer), and good sized closets.  We decided that we liked the long, narrow room for Wesley.  It was closer to our room, plus we thought it would work well with his furniture.  We had also been thinking about painting Wesley's room the same dark blue as his previous nursery, and I thought that this room would work better with the darker color.


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The room had been painted green, and desperately needed a new paint job.  The hardwood floors upstairs should be refinished at some point, but they are in decent enough shape.  

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I like the dormer window nook, and can imagine that Wesley will have fun in this little corner of his room as he gets older.

We tested a few different blues and went with one that was slightly darker and deeper than the color we used in St. Louis.  The photo above is over-saturated, but it was still a little brighter than I wanted.  We also painted the sloped ceilings white to help offset the dark wall color.  The furniture is the same, although we swapped out his dresser for a larger one.  The gray dresser had been ours previously, but it didn't really fit in our new room.  

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This is the view from the hallway - we added a few prints that we found online - on for St. Louis, and one for Columbus.

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My mom was able to remake the curtains to fit the two smaller windows.  We made the curtain rods out of plumbing parts, spray painted black.  We also replaced the metal blinds with simple white wood blinds to help block the light.

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Here you can see the dresser.  The door near the crib is the door to the hall.  We are still using cloth diapers, so we hung the wet bag next to the changing pad, and keep the extra diapers in the top drawer.  We hung his animal prints over the dresser.  Now that he's starting talking, he likes to tell us about the bears and the lions :)

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The door to the left of the dresser is for the closet.

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Continuing the rest of the way around the room, we installed Wesley's bookshelves again, we liked how they worked in his old room.

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We read in this chair every evening.  The current favorites are Spot, and Curious George.  

So that's Wesley's room, and also the most complete room in the house.  We finished his room back in August or September, I just haven't had a chance to post about it.  I'd like to eventually replace the overhead light fixture, and I'm sure we'll switch out things as he gets older, but it works for now.

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a few new pictures

I finally got around to take a few updated photos of the house a few weeks ago.  We ended up hosting a family Thanksgiving at our house, which helped get us motivated to finish up a few lingering small projects.

This is the family room, and where we spend most of our time.  As I've mentioned previously, we are waiting on doing anything with the red carpet until we decide if we are raising the floor or not.  The blue chairs are to be recovered at some point as well.  I am also still debating on what to hang on the walls.  The walls are painted though, so we've made some progress.

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This kitchen looks the same as it did when we moved in, but we have plans for the kitchen that we'll hopefully be able to start working on soon... Next up, the dining room:
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We've painted the walls in here, and managed to hang up a few things.  Our table really isn't idea for the size of the room, but we're trying to make it work.  It's an odd space that will likely change, but it's working for now.  We'd like to update the light fixture soon though.

The living room received the same paint as the other rooms downstairs.  We're still messing around with the furniture arrangement, we might even add on to the ikea sectional.  We don't use this room as often as the family room, but it's nice to have the extra space.  And it's nice to have a working fireplace!  I have a feeling we'll use this room more as Wesley gets older.

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It's an difficult space to photograph, but we decided to paint the half bath a really dark, almost black, gray.  I was hoping the dark color would help get your focus away from the overwhelming amount of "travertine" tile.  At some point I'd like to remove all the tile in this bathroom and start over, but for now, we focused on easy (and inexpensive) updates.  We got a new mirror on craigslist, and I've been shopping around for new lighting.  We'll probably replace the faucet and accessories at some point too.  I framed some vintage postcards from my grandparents to hang on the walls.

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That's all for now.  Wesley's room is actually the most done, but he's always napping in there when I think to take photos.  I'll try to get some updated photos of the bedrooms soon.

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