Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Painting our own baby room in Placentia CA
So over the years I’ve seen my husband (owner of Le Tourneau painting) paint a lot of baby’s rooms, or nurseries, and I always thought they were adorable. Decorating a baby’s room or nursery was never something I thought about until last summer when we found out we were having a baby of our own. After the morning sickness settled and the reality set in, I began to brainstorm what kind of room I wanted for our baby and how I wanted it painted. I decided to wait until we found out what we were having. Once I found out a girl was on the way, I then wondered if I wanted it painted girlie or more neutral. I’d seen many "pinkalicious” rooms and decided that was not for me. Before we found out about our daughter, her room was going to be my sewing/craft room and I was going to have my husband paint yellow horizontal stripes around the room. Since I had already picked out the yellow paint and bought it, I figured I might as well use it. So, at that point I had to figure out if I still wanted stripes painted. Hmmm, did I want painted stripes, a faux finish, diamonds, polka dots, or an accent wall painted??? Being married to a painter my choices were endless. I ended up doing the painted horizontal stripes I had originally wanted for what was supposed to
be my sewing room and I love them!! My husband had a personalized sign made for the wall and framed it out to look like a built in custom picture frame. I also bought two cork boards for her wall and he framed those out too. I use the cork boards for pictures, cards, notes, ect and change them out frequently. My daughter’s room is painted exactly what I didn’t know I wanted. It all kind of fell together and it is perfect-just like my family!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
One Sunday evening I was dragged to work with my husband. He said it would take "10 minutes", but as I've come to learn, things are not always quick and easy in the painting and decorating trade. Chad said he was painting "decorative squares" on a wall. At first I thought it was an odd request to paint 3 squares on a wall and as we drove to the house I found myself thinking, "what are the squares supposed to be?". When we got to the home it was unoccupied so there were no lights in the room. That was the first obstacle that Chad quickly fixed. He got a light bulb from the car (Who keeps random light bulbs in the car?) and connected it to the wires hanging from the ceiling. Next, Chad got out the sketch from the interior decorator to begin plotting the squares on the wall. Obstacle number 2: the decorator gave the measurements for the squares, but forgot to include the spacing between the walls. My first thought was that I finally got to put all that math I learned in college to use. Yippee, money well spent! I soon realized that two people can do math completely differently and end up with the same answer. Chad had me double and triple check his math before we began plotting the squares with painter's tape. From there, he made it look easy. I guess painting for 15 years and being the son of a painter you come to do a project like this without thinking about it. Once they were done, I started to see what they might be: painted frames. While the first coat was drying Chad went into another room to measure it for a future wall paper job. He then put on a second coat and while that was drying he painted an archway over the window. Finally the tape was removed and viola!... 3 gray "frames" (decorative squares) for a baby's room. It looked great and my skepticism was proven wrong. I helped clean up and we were off to eat dinner. Chad was right, the actual painting of the decorative squares only took about 10 minutes, it was the prep and set up that kept us there for over an hour. It's always the prep, set up, and clean up that take the most work and time. I hope the owner, interior decorator, and one day the baby are all happy!
Brandi, happy wife of owner, apparent office manager and newly appointed blogger (I just read and wrote my first blog ever. I had to read to find out what a blog was-I'm not a techie.)