I took on another ambitious project this weekend. Has anyone noticed a trend, here? I get excited to try something new and instead of taking baby steps, I just jump in the deep end. Perfect example: my first fondant cake.
Well, this time it was painting a nursery for Suzy, a good friend of my childhood bestie, Shantal. Suzy is super sweet, and I’ve known her (through my childhood friend) since high school. She has a daughter and son (about 7 and 5), and she is having twin boys in September.
Shantal asked me if I would help decorate the nursery. I said yes, with the caveat that no one could get mad if it turned out ugly! 🙂 Plus, Suzy made it really easy by picking out this adorable theme:
Shantal went in the weekend before and painted the walls blue with pretty waves, so I just had to embellish with the characters from the crib set. I had a field day! We painted the turtle, octopus (which only had 6 legs), pufferfish, jellyfish, crab, seahorses, starfish, coral, seaweed, and assorted other fish PLUS we added a sea anemone and sea urchin to the mix.
We even painted the trim a sandy color to coordinate with the ocean theme. It took us about 16 hours to complete — with an hour break for lunch and a half-hour coffee break!
Let me just say, I learned A LOT from this.
- Plan ahead. We only had Saturday to get this done so we could surprise Suzy when they got back in town from a baby shower. We had no idea it would take us so long to complete! I would have started earlier and also laid out the designs beforehand, instead of that day.
- Don’t skimp on supplies. The 12-pack of paint brushes from Michael’s doesn’t cut it on detail work! The rough brush hairs got to be pretty aggravating! And what you save in money on 57 cent craft paint, you lose in time and frustration applying two and three coats!
- Bring music. Unfortunately, our iPhones batteries couldn’t supply us with Pandora music for the entire 16 hours. It was a good thing we had each other to talk to!
- Bring sustenance. Time flies when you’re painting detail work like that; we hit 3:00 PM and realized we hadn’t eaten lunch! With so much to do, it definitely hurt to lose time and have to go out and get food.
Overall, I was pleased with the results, and most importantly, Suzy was happy. I was so thrilled to be able to give her this gift to welcome the twins, Hunter and Hayden. I am also glad we got to add in personal details like the fishies to represent her other children. We hope it makes them feel apart of their little brothers’ upcoming arrival.
And, I had a blast spending that time with my friend. It is a relationship I truly cherish, and I am always amazed at how we just pick back up even when it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other!