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Decorating the Nursery: Part 1

So recently J and I have been decorating the nursery and this weekend we made some amazing progress in little man’s room.

However, before I get to that I want to tell you all about the journey we took to get to that point. When you think of decorating your baby’s room you think it will be so easy and that you’ll settle on a colour scheme before naturally and easily getting on with it.

I did anyway, I thought it would be as simple as looking at paint, buying it, then coming home and painting the room.

However, the reality is far removed from that. J and I are people who change our minds quite often but with this, we took it to a whole new level.

We always knew we wanted a neutral, light grey, even before we found out the little man was a little man. But when we went shopping for paint we found out that the book was right, there are literally about 50 shades of grey.

Decorating the Nursery

We took about 5 samples home one day and put them on the wall and then even decided on one. That was before J came to me and said the words no man wants to hear: “I’ve got a confession.” She’d changed her mind on the colour.

So back to B&Q we went for what felt like the 1,000th time in just two days. However, after choosing a new colour I have to say I was happy we did change our minds (but don’t tell my wife that.)

So, after getting back home I thought, ‘Yes, now I can finally paint.’ Oh no, first I had to sugar soap the walls, take down a crap looking blind, fill in the holes the crap blind had left behind and then fill in the cracks on the ceiling. Oh, and then sand the skirting board. So my dreams of painting that day were ruined.

However, when it came to painting day I couldn’t even paint – I had to prime the walls first. FFS.

Anyway, after all of that, painting day finally came! We worked as a team and after I’d rolled the paint on the wall Jess did the cutting in, I didn’t even know cutting in was a thing – I thought it was something rude, old people did in the Post Office.

The end result is actually amazing and since then we’ve bought a lampshade, a shelf and a wardrobe for the room – although the less said about the wardrobe almost not fitting in the car the better.

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