The Room Formerly Known as the Guest Room

I haven’t written many posts over the past few months. It’s not because of a lack of activity. It’s just that, you see, the work I was doing was indicative of a slightly larger project that we weren’t quite ready to talk about yet.

Since returning from Whistler in March, most of the DIY activities around the house have revolved around turning the guest room into… wait for it…

The nursery. That’s right. Baby alert.

I’ve hated our guest room since we moved in. It had terrible carpet, bad yellow paint, baby pee stains on the wall (it was the former owners’ nursery) and a bunch of patched but not painted nail holes. We basically just put up old curtains and artwork and called it good.

But now that we have a little more reason to care, I decided to tackle the beast.

It started with new carpet, which is the softest carpet known to man. We literally rubbed our faces on the samples at the store to make sure it wouldn’t be scratchy for tiny knees and hands.



The next few weeks were dominated by a whole lot of woodwork. I wanted the bottom half of the walls to be pretty impervious to crayon, pee, slobber, food-covered-fingers and all of the rest of the dirty things that come with children, so opted for board-and-batten paneling, which I built from paint-grade dimensional lumber and ¼” plywood, painted with Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois.



The top half of the walls were painted a warm grey color – Benjamin Moore Eagle Rock – inspired by the diaper bag I picked up for Helen on a work trip to NY a week after we first found out.


I also updated all of the door and window trim from the flimsy old stuff to the craftsman trim we’ve been doing on all of the new doors and windows, and added crown molding.


I guess it might be a bit of overkill for a room that will someday be torn down completely to make way for the addition, but for now, it will be the perfect little home for my proudest DIY accomplishment yet: Baby Lee.

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Quite a difference:




photo (Yes, that is a Deschutes onsie).


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