One Room Challenge Week 1-Nursery Project!
If you haven’t already heard, Patrick and I are expecting our first baby in January! While we are super excited, we have definitely been feeling the pressure trying to get the new walls up and get the house ready in time. As much as I wanted to participate in the Fall One Room Challenge, I just didn’t think it was in the cards this time. We have several rooms that I would love to makeover, but all of them are either heredown to the studs or are storing all of the furniture from the rooms with no walls.
We removed the walls in order to run new electrical, insulation, duct work for air conditioning (we currently don’t have enough return air on the upper level), and to replace the terrible drywall job that was installed on top of the old lath and plaster. We finally received all of the quotes for the new duct work and decided that even though it will cost a bit more, we are going to put a second unit in the attic. Because of this, the new ducts do not need to be run behind the walls, and can instead reach the rooms through a small hole in the ceilings.
We realized that with this option we could move ahead with the new drywall! While we could hang our own drywall and originally planned to, we are cutting it really close with our timeline. We decided to hold off on the new air conditioning unit until the Spring since we won’t really need it with the weather cooling down. By waiting a few months on this part of the project, we will be able to hire out help for hanging, mudding, and taping the drywall. This frees up some of our time for all of the other things on our to-do list, and most importantly will get the job done faster.
Because of this change of plans, I got the go ahead to start the nursery just in time for a last minute entry in the One Room Challenge! People keep asking me if I have started the nursery and I just laugh because this is what it looks like right now. I have ordered quite a few things as they have gone on sale, but I haven’t even opened the boxes.
Honestly, it’s been the least of our worries. It’s a very small room and we know we could pull it together fairly quickly, but it definitely isn’t ready for a baby! While my dad and my baby-daddy tackle the rest of the to-do list, this will be my focus over the next five weeks. The plan for this week is to empty the room so I can actually walk in it and start gathering materials. Here is how it will look empty and here is my vision for the room.
If this is anything like my previous ORC experiences (you can find the reveals here and here), I will most likely lose sleep and drive myself and my family crazy, but it will be worth it to have a finished room! At least this time I can blame my craziness on the pregnancy hormones.