Tuesday, August 2, 2011


 I'm happy to say we have been making some progress on the kitchen and the nursery. As I mentioned last time the kitchen cabinets were delivered and have been installed (at least all of the bases).
Unfortunately there was a backlog at the countertop place which meant that instead of taking 1 week for the stone production it would take 2-1/2 weeks. Also the countertops must be installed for the tile backsplash, electrician, plumber etc. to do anything so this has pushed back the kitchen completion from the end of July to the second week of August. Cross your fingers that there are no other hiccups!

On the nursery front we've also made some more progress. After Jeff and his dad painted the room blue I painted white clouds and added some Curious George decals that I had bought from Pottery Barn Kids. We also put the crib together and I hung the curtains. I'm not quite happy with the curtains so I'll need to fix or replace them but they'll do for now. We purchased a glider from Costco which I'm sure I will be spending lots of time in! So here's what it looks like for now.

Of course photos are deceiving, because if I were to take pictures of any other corner of the room you would see that there is still work to be done. We had ordered a maple dresser from an unfinished furniture store with the idea to stain and finish it to match the crib that Jeff's sister Anna had given to us as well as a pine bookshelf that was also unfinished. Jeff started on the bookshelf (which was supposed to be the easier of the two) and quickly discovered that the foggy San Francisco weather is not a good place for staining and finishing furniture. It has taken him weeks to just get the stain right. So we are now looking for a place to get the dresser done but places are telling us it will take 2-3 weeks. Lesson learned, leave it to the professionals!

It'll be interesting to see which happens first: the kitchen completion, nursery completion or BBD's arrival!


  1. Hey Val! I found your blog when I was searching for Curious George clouds! Love yours! I have the decals but I don't know how to do the clouds. What paint did you use? Did you use a sponge? Thank you!

  2. Glad you liked the clouds. To make the clouds I first made templates on butcher paper to make it easier so that I wasn't trying to sketch out the shape on the actual wall. I had planned on buying acrylic paint but when I went to the hardware store they didn't have any so I bought some latex semi-gloss white paint. I outlined the clouds with a paint brush and then used cheesecloth dipped in just a bit of paint to fill in the clouds. Good luck!