Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday (sort of). After a long weekend of getting things done, I had NO capacity to sleep last night and actually got up and started organizing Baby Poutine's room. At 1 a.m. Not a good idea, friends. Not at all.

Saturday we went up to the cottage so that the boys could put the docks in the water. Sounds like a simple job but it is actually quite difficult and dangerous if you don't know what you are doing (or are trying to do it alone like my dad that one year....).

Um yeah - it was pretty cold up there as well, but such a gorgeous day!!

Sunday was back to the grind for J. He had to put a second coat  of primer on the spindles and a first coat on the actual stairs. We are using an oil based, sticks to anything, even unsanded stuff, primer so it is something that I definitely can't help with!!

While J was doing that back breaking work, I went shopping with my sister to get some baby necessities (snot sucker, thermometer, baby wash, etc). None of that was as fun as picking up our cloth diapers!!! Hubs and I have been researching cloth diapers for a while and when some brand new ones popped up on Kijiji, I pounced.

We have started our 'stash' with the Grovia All in Two diapers and we saved a ton of money thanks to a really sweet girl who bought them and never used them. But did all of the pre-washing already :-)

How cute are these?


And this pattern is insanely cute:



The lady who sold them to me had a little girl, but the colours were all gender neutral except for two purple covers. But J wears purple, so I'm sure our little guy won't care either! Especially when he hears how much money we saved :-)

Upon returning home, this is what I found:



I know some people must think we are NUTS for painting the wood, but I am SO happy and all it is is primer so far!!! The hallway feels so much lighter and brighter now. 

Next up is some wood filler/light sanding, and then one more coat of primer on the stairs. THEN we get to start painting! What a HUGE job. I don't think we had any idea how big it would be. But remember what they looked like before?


Um yeah - a little bit better in my eyes :-)

And to all the "painting wood is a sin" readers out there...well...to a certain extent I agree. If we could have stained the treads and kept the handrail as is, I think it would have been fantastic. However, without taking the stairs apart and replacing the treads, it wasn't going to happen. So sorry :-)


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31 comments:

Giulia@fishlynews.com said...

The stairs are looking great - much brighter and happier space. Glad you are looking at Kjiji for your baby stuff - it's the perfect place to find gently used (or never used) things for the little ones. We also sell all of our stuff that way - nice to get a dime back once in a while.

Alison said...

thank gawd your anti-painting wood readers don't know how much much I have painted in the babe's room! I'd be in big trouble. Stairs look great!

Love the diapers. I have a few cloth diapers what were handed down, but will likely stick to pampers since I'm lazy like that. 

Helen@handmaidtales said...

The stairs look soooo much better! Te whole space looks bigger! It's great you found a good deal on Grovia diapers. We love ours and they work great with prefolds too, if you don't want to buy more inserts. I love the grovia newborn diapers too, so tiny and cute!

LipstikEvents said...

The stairs are looking great! It's looking very bright and welcoming!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Thanks!! I can't wait to see how they look with the black treads - I think they will be very striking, although I am loving the all-white look right now :-)

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Ooh I'm glad you like the Grovia. I had read so many great reviews and liked that they are a bit trimmer than the Bum Genius etc, but of course am nervous since a) I've never used cloth diapers and b) you can never be sure they will work for your baby's shape. I figure since I got such a deal, I could easily sell them.

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

I like the paint!

Stephanie Fazio said...

From what I understand - GroVia is an excellent choice for diapers! And I don't think you're crazy for painting - it totally brightens up the hall! Nice job!

Maggie {Okay, now what?} said...

Looks really good already. I can't wait to see the finished product. 

I am in the paint the wood category almost every time. Wood is beautiful but it can be very dark and dated looking. You made the right decision. Even though the stairs are probably one of the most annoying/time sucking projects to do it will be well worth it. Try to imagine doing it with a little guys around and that sounds even more painful.

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

Wow, the hallway looks so much lighter and brighter! I think painting the wood was definitely the right choice in this space! My husband and I are planning to use cloth diapers too, so I'll have to check grovia out - thanks!

Lydia said...

The stairs look so great!!  What a change.

Linds said...

what a difference eh?!  I'm all over painting that stuff, it makes it feel so light and airy.  The diapers are too cute!

Tara said...

Love GroVia s! The are apparently great for toilet training too, since they are stretchy. I guess they can be used like training pants. Time will tell! The only down side to them is the floppy insert. Usually I like that it is not attached at both ends; however, when you are "shaking out the solids" over the toilet, you have to watch that the inserts don't flop down into the toilet. ;-)

When do we get to see the baby's room? Do you know when it will be on tv?

CA_Powell said...

Love it! I've never understood why some people act like as soon as you put paint on wood, it turns into plastic! It's still wood, just lighter and prettier!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Thanks! From what I've been told the episode airs in the first few weeks of July. I will confirm soon!!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

I totally agree!! Hopefully we can finish this project before the baby arrives!

Heather @ InteriorGroupie said...

wow, looks so much brighter!! I think that is the exact thing that space needed. And - great job on the cloth diapers! Everyone I know who has them loves them...once you start using them they all say you will never go to disposable.

Tara said...

Love the stairs. It's a big job, but so worth it!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

WOW those stairs look sooooooooooo good already! Way to go for deciding to paint them even though some folks told ya not to. The whole space looks so much bigger and brighter. Your husband is a trooper for getting all of that work done. Almost there!!!!

:)

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Thanks Sarah! I can't believe you are reading and commenting on blogs already! Impressive :-)

Lisaroy said...

oh my gosh - seeing them putting out the dock makes me so homesick for Muskoka!
as for the stairs - they're looking good! It's such a huge job but definitely one that will make you smile everytime you look at your staircase :)

Rachel Dhawan said...

It looks amazing! Don't apologize, you gotta do what you wanna do, and what is within budget/time/sanity contraints!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I probably would've paid to replace the treads if they couldn't be saved, but you can always do that later anyway if you desire, so win-win!   It will look great. 

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Honestly, if this was our long term house, I would have too.

Lisa Dymond said...

Love the diapers. Good work!! I am now using my cloth diapers on my second baby, so you will continue to reap the benefits of these. A few random tips, from my experience: Collect a few ice pail type containers for soaking. I rinse soiled diapers immediately, and soak all diapers in water with baking soda or borax or oxy clean until I'm ready to wash them (about every 2 days). I wash them with other clothes, but I put them in those mesh laundry bags which prevents the velcro from getting buggered up. I put mine in the dryer, but truth be told they'll stay in better condition if you don't. Also try to avoid using diaper rash cream on your baby as it impacts the absorbancy of the diapers and doesn't wash out very easily. As much as I am into cloth diapers, I use a disposable diaper at nighttime so I'm not changing diapers in the middle of the night and my baby isn't sitting for long periods of time in wetness. Most people I know using cloth diapers do this. I put my babies in disposables for the first 4 weeks or so and then moved into cloth. Hopefully you love it as much as I do! God speed!

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Ah good tips! On someone's recommendation, I did order the Grovia diaper rash cream/stick. From what I understand it is pretty awesome and obviously works with the diapers. I'm hoping that the cloth diapers will help cut down on diaper rash anyways.

I have heard that using a disposable at night will help my life, so that is on the list of possibilities for sure!

Ashley G said...

I WISH I could convince my hubs to paint the trim in our house. He definitely thinks it's a sin of epic proportions. Can't wait to see yours all finished

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Men seem to be like that. If our whole house had wood trim, there is NO way J would have let me paint it all. What is it with guys and wood anyways ;-)

Sarah @ cozycottagecute said...

I have a little set-up in the corner of the couch in the living room with the stereo remote, my laptop, and a drink for when I'm feeding little man and just sitting around. I'm getting good at this one-handed typing that's for sure.... :)

Life Begins at Thirty, Right? said...

Sounds like a smart set up - I'll have to remember that when the time comes!

Laura @ SweetMaple said...

Looks great! I think you made the right choice. I know what you mean about people getting upset with the idea of painting wood. I painted a small sideboard in November and I told my one cousins and she had tears in her eyes!!!
What kind of primer did you use? and what kind of paint will you use?