Quick Baby Update

>> Thursday, March 31, 2011

Last weekend, Pharmie and I set up the baby room! It was two years ago that we did some major work on that room. Here are 2 pairs of "before and after" photos from that project:

Before: nasty shelves and beat-up floor.

After: shelves down, holes patched, sexy refinished floor.

Before: fixture on wall was broken (but had power).

After: new fixture.

Well, 2 months ago (or so), we started fixing up the OTHER guest room. We wanted to get that out of the way for 2 reasons. Reason #1: It'll be harder to do with a baby around. Reason #2: We want to have a nice room for our Moms, siblings, random internet acquaintances, etc to be able to use when they want to come watch our child for long periods at a time.

* HINT *

This was the first photo we took of that process. It's a photo of me adding texture (to try to match what was there) to all of the cracks I patched in the ceiling:

Patched cracks, texture added.

Patched cracks, texture added.

All done.

All done.

All done.

So, Saturday morning, the recently remodeled guest room looked JUST like that (completely empty), and the baby's room still had the bunk bed in it, along with EVERYTHING from the other guest room. AND it was full of the baby stuff we had already bought. What a mess. Baby's room looked like:

After just a few hours of work, the newly fixed-up guest room had it's "regular" bed back in it, along with the bunk bed. Our guest room now looks like a youth hostel. (These 3 photos are from the same spots as the last 3 of the empty, fixed-up room.)

And baby's room looked like this:

A long, low dresser will double as a changing table to the right.

A rocking chair will go in front of that window.

So, that's what we've been up to! ;)


Ironman By Thirty 7:25 AM, March 31, 2011  

Steve in a Speedo??? How about Steve in a Toolbelt! Nice work! Those rooms look amazing. Maybe when I do the TC Marathon one of these years I can stay at Steve & Pharmie's Hostel (errr... I mean Bed & Breakfast - you do cook breakfast right?)

Luke 7:30 AM, March 31, 2011  

I hope not steve in a toolbelt and a speedo, SUPER GROSS! Looks great!!

Thomas 7:38 AM, March 31, 2011  

BTW, Thomas is a wonderful name for your baby....

Anonymous,  8:35 AM, March 31, 2011  

Looks great! Here's some free, unsolicited advice: Get, or make, a top for the dresser that will hold a changing pad. You will find it a nightmare to change the baby on a slippery surface like that, and it won't be much easier if you just put a pad on there, as the pad will slide around. Swing by a baby store and you'll see lots of dressers with tops that lift off that are desiged to hold the pad if you need design ideas.

Steve Stenzel 8:58 AM, March 31, 2011  

Anonymous, we do have something to go up there to help hold baby in place, so thanks! Yeah, it would be HARD to keep baby on there without something!

Benson 9:15 AM, March 31, 2011  

Very nice work done there.

Dibs on the top bunk!

Kim 9:47 AM, March 31, 2011  

what a cute baby room! nice job steve.

Trisaratops 10:42 AM, March 31, 2011  


Can't wait to give this baby a squeeze in July!

Meredith 10:57 AM, March 31, 2011  

Love the quilts!

You guys seem really handy. I might have to hire you to come to Ohio and help out. :)

Sarah Giacomarra Schrader 12:22 PM, March 31, 2011  

Oh, super exciting!!

On a side note, since I remember the original remodeling post, that means I've been reading your blog for 2 years now. Time flies.

Laura Wheatley 7:54 PM, March 31, 2011  

Steve! The rooms look AWESOME! The guest room looks so classy, and I love the GREEN for the baby room!! love it love it love it!

trimybest 9:11 PM, March 31, 2011  

Good job steve and pharMOMie! But there is one glaring problem that really troubles me! You need to do something with that cord on the blinds! Thats a baby choking hazard! You have about 8 months before baby is crawling and it becomes an issue but get a cord winder!

Aka Alice 12:38 AM, April 01, 2011  

I swear I have looked at your blog more than once since January, but somehow missed the announcement?

My bad

But seriously...congrats (however late) to you and Pharmie

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