The navy blue paint used in this nursery is Naval and the white paint is Alabaster, both by Sherwin-Williams. They provided the paint for this project. I always use the Emerald paint line and choose the Satin sheen since it’s not too glossy or too flat and is super easy to wipe down.
When we bought our house in Arizona in 2015, we immediately started making a long list of all the things we wanted to change about it. After a month or so, we stepped back and decided that instead of spending all our money on house projects, we’d focus instead on paying off student loans instead. I wrote a post here about how I decided to look at our stained green carpet as the color of the money we were saving.
For the next year, we worked on our student loans and as far as the house went, we spent our energy on high-impact but low-cost projects like painting nearly every square foot of that house and ripping out the massive (ugly and off-center) stone entertainment and putting in DIY shelving.
We waited on bigger things like carpet (the entire house needed to be re-carpeted and it was a BIG house) until we felt more financially stable and I’ve never regretted that decision. (My only regret is that we replaced the kitchen granite less than 2 weeks before we moved).
It felt really great to do things in the right order and on a financial timeline we felt comfortable with. I also LOVED painting the house and not having to worry about getting paint on the carpet.
And when the carpet DID eventually go in, it felt amazing for the room to be finished since everything else was in place before the carpet was installed.
All of this was on my mind a few weeks ago when we started looking at carpet for this house.
We had already painted the girls’ bedroom downstairs and were waiting on the bunk bed to arrive. It felt smart to put the carpet in BEFORE the bunk bed arrived so we wouldn’t have to move it for carpet installation, but then, as those things do, it kind of started to spiral.
If we were putting carpet in their room, we might as well do the whole basement at once so all the carpet was off the same dye lot.
Of course, we weren’t finished with all the painting downstairs, but suddenly it all felt like it needed to be done RIGHT NOW.
When we got our carpet quote back, the number shook us back to our senses and we decided that moving a bunk bed was probably not worth making an expensive carpeting decision over or force us into feeling like we didn’t have time to do more research on carpet so we could get a better price or find a carpet we absolutely LOVED.
Instead, we decided that we’ll spend the next 6-12 months doing all the possible projects WE can do on a more reasonable budget and THEN move forward on the more expensive non-DIY projects like re-carpeting the bedrooms and refinishing our wood floors and updating our kitchen.
If you remember, when we bought this house, we originally planned to remodel the kitchen and add a master bathroom and possibly move the staircase before we even moved in. By the time we closed, we’d decided to move in immediately and then do those big projects at the beginning of 2019.
Now, it’s beginning to look more like mid-2020 before we say goodbye to our stained kitchen linoleum (it’s had a good 60 year run – it can manage another year) or before our wood floors lose the faint teal color and pattern left behind from 60 years of carpet covering them.
And I feel GREAT about it.
We made a master list, room by room, of all the projects we can do on our own. Lots of painting, replacing some rubber baseboards (I don’t even know . . . ), refinishing built-ins, and even a little drywalling and tiling.
All of that is to say, the floors in Tally’s navy blue nursery still are flesh-colored linoleum and they probably will be for a while yet.
But with new paint and new blinds (which we had installed within a few weeks of moving in because there were NO blinds in the entire house and we were using leftover cardboard boxes to block out street lamps at night. Not my idea of a long-term solution), plus the furniture and art from her navy nursery in Arizona, I can handle the floors for a bit longer.
And when a soft new carpet eventually is installed in this room? I’m going to appreciate the heck out of it.
NAVY BLUE NURSERY SOURCES:
Navy Blue Paint
Floral Crib Sheet
Double rocking chair (shortly after this, we replaced the rockers with these chair legs so it would stop banging against the wall)
Photos by Heather Mildenstein
I saw a little bit about you uncovering hard wood floors in your instagram stories. I’d love to see a post about it! We have a 1950s home also in utah and I’m guessing there are hardwood floors under our carpet but we’ve never even looked.
Janssen Bradshaw says
It’s probably not even worth a full post! We just pulled up a corner of the carpet (which is easy and takes no tools – it just comes away from the carpet tacks and then you can press it back into the tacks) and then when we knew it was hard wood, we just pulled up all the carpet and pad, had a junk removal place take it away and then used pliars and screwdrivers to pull up all the carpet tacks and staples. It took us about five hour to do the whole living room, dining room, and hall and 90% off that was tack and staple removal.
The last time we had flooring put down in a bedroom, they told me not even to bother moving the bed and other large pieces out of the room. They moved everything to one side and did that side, then all to the next and did the other! Crossing my fingers it’s the same for you.
Janssen Bradshaw says
Oh, I SO hope that’s the case!
After 4 years of living in our house we replaced the loud plaid 90s carpet downstairs and the cheap carpet they put in five years ago upstairs. 💸 We didn’t replaces the cheap stuff in our main living room (it will get hardwood continued there) or our bathroom (🤢, it will get tile). And every time I walk on the new carpet I’m thrilled. Especially the transition from old to new. Part of me wonders why we waited, but I’m so glad I figured out exactly what I wanted to do with the house before I threw money at the problem. Plus I was able to buy top-end carpet. When the installers both independently told us how nice it was, I knew it was worth the wait!
And can we talk about potty training? 🤣 I think you will be so happy to wait until that is over with before having carpet. At least that’s what I’ve decided. We have hard floors in our whole house and I’ve been wanting carpet for just the bedrooms to make them cozier but I am definitely waiting now that I have a two year old who likes to take off her diaper.